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Difference between camera screen and monitor colour- how do I keep a white background?

Laina 5 1 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2012 9:58AM
When I do a shoot, the background looks perfectly white on my camera screen but as soon as I upload into Lightroom, the background becomes a pinky colour. It isn't the screen because it prints out the same colour? How do I keep the white background without having to change the exposure/brightness every time?

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User_Removed 8 4.6k 1 Scotland
5 Dec 2012 10:11AM
Let me get this right. Are you saying that the image prints out in the same colours as you see on your camera LCD screen, but that it looks different on your PC monitor?

If that is the case, it sounds as if your PC monitor requires to be calibrated.

The first thing is to restore it to the factory default settings. That might be close enough, depending upon how accurate you need the colours for your particular photographic purposes.

If that is not close enough, use a system such as Spyder 4 to calibrate your monitor or, alternatively, a system such as ColorMunki to cross-calibrate both your monitor and your printer.
adrian_w Plus
10 3.7k 4 England
5 Dec 2012 11:28AM
Eric, my reading of the OP is that the picture looks OK on the camera but has a pink cast on the computer screen when viewed in Lightroom and also PRINTS OUT with the pink cast. If this is the case then it's not the computer screen that's wrong but maybe some setting in LR that's causing it.
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
5 Dec 2012 12:32PM
LF has pretty much covered a display issue.....Grin

However if Adrians observation is your issue, WE need much more information to be able to figure what " Might " be the problem.

So start with software, What version of Lightroom ( Have you set the colour management to that as used by your camera...? ie: sRGB or Adobe RGB )

Next calibration kit if any, Plus computer type ie Mac or Windows.

Next camera type & model, Again with info relating to colour setup.

What type of files are you shooting, Straight JPEG or RAW ....etc etc etc.....?

We will see where we go from there..........Nothing simple in today's world, ...Eh!....Wink
Laina 5 1 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2012 9:50PM
It is exactly as Adrian explains it. Have just ordered a new monitor but am using Lightroom 3 and windows 7 . Have switched camera to adobe rgb instead of srgb. Lightroom converts my raw files to jpegs and I am using a canon pixma. Will let you know how I get on but if you helpful guys can think of anything else, pls let me know. Camera is a canon 550. Thanks so much, you are the first to throw any light on the problem.Grin
GlennH 12 1.9k 1 France
5 Dec 2012 11:25PM
One of the first things you should check is whether or not proprietary in-camera settings are switched off. Features such as Canon's 'Auto Lighting Optimizer' won't transfer to Lightroom, and are likely to cause a difference between camera LCD and software rendering. Switching to Adobe RGB won't affect this issue.

You can easily test whether or not this is a monitor problem by running the Lightroom white balance selector over a neutral area of an image. If the figures under the histogram are closely matched (i.e. within 5-6% of each other) you can reasonably assume that your monitor needs calibrating. If the figures differ significantly then it's a white balance issue to be corrected at the time of shooting or in post-processing. A pink/magenta cast could be the camera over-correcting for artificial light, for instance.
mattw 14 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2012 12:17PM
Sounds like a white balance issue to me.

I don't use lightroom, but does this not have a 'white balance pick' tool? Just use this, and then click on the area which should be white, and the software will calculate the white balance accordingly?

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