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Old November 3rd, 2005, 03:09 PM   #1
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skin tones arent right!!!

I have shot some interviews using my z1. the color saturations are great my whites are balanced however the faces of people are extremely oragne!!!

only those rooms in which i have tons of florecent lights the faces have the nice combination of orange and pink but for most cases specially using my on camera light and lowels sets the skin tones are wayyyyyyyyyyyy orange looking.

I would appreciate any suggestion as far as setting and exposing right in different situations SPECAILLAY darker areas.
I have compared my footage with an interview shot with the cheap sony 20w lights that cost about $100 for whatever reason the skin tones are better using that light. Are the sony lights by any chance daylights balanced giving off a better exposure?
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Old November 3rd, 2005, 03:17 PM   #2
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I have shot some interviews using my z1. the color saturations are great my whites are balanced however the faces of people are extremely yellow!!!

only those rooms in which i have tons of florecent lights the faces have the nice combination of orange and pink but for most cases specially using my on camera light and lowels sets the skin tones are wayyyyyyyyyyyy orange looking.

I would appreciate any suggestion as far as setting and exposing right in different situations SPECAILLAY darker areas.
It's hard to tell exactly what your shooting conditions are, but if you're balancing for cooler fluorescents and then using an incandescent Lowell on the camera, it's not out of the question that you would see a yellowish or orange cast on the faces of your subjects.

My suggestion is to either balance for the Lowell and let the background become much bluer in general tone or replace the fluorescents (if possible) with ones that match or approximate the color temperature of the Lowell (but make sure you get one with 88+ CRI or color rendition index to try and avoid the green tinge).

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Old November 4th, 2005, 02:01 AM   #3
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well no, i do white balance for the lowel and as my conditions change, then I re white balance. Today however i figured out that there is a setting that can make the faces look a bit more orangish(warmer) or have the nice pink look that i'm after in the P2 the second color setting (I beleive color phase).
but havent check my footage yet
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