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Old October 29th, 2008, 05:27 PM   #1
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Orange hue to flesh tones

I am using XLHD1 and always white balance manually against a grey card after lights are up to temp. More often than not I still get a light orange (and a bit yellow) from skin. This is indoors using soft boxes. I am unsure where to dial in compensation for the color or how to use any flesh tone adjustment. Help appreciated.
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Old October 29th, 2008, 06:21 PM   #2
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I'm not sure what an XLHD1 is, but I'm assuming it's an H1, H1a or H1s. At any rate, you should create a custom preset. Within the controls for that preset you can adjust the color matrix (reduce red a notch, blue up a notch, etc.).

Canon cameras have a tendency to be a bit orangey out of the box. I would also try using Stephen Dempsey's Panalook preset.

You can download it from this site: http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/canon-xl-...d-library.html

It seems that there's a pattern here. Most people who get their cameras right out of the box always seem a little disappointed. And then they discover the custom preset feature. They start adding Cine Gamma, Black press, adjust the pedestal a touch, turn down the Red gain two points, the Blue gain up one, the Green gain up one... and then they fall in love.
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Old November 1st, 2008, 01:55 PM   #3
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Or you could just shoot a little chart off the top.
That would give you a reference for color correction in post.
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