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08-26-2009, 05:23 AM   #1
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Advice for shooting in foggy conditions

I'm taking a lot of pictures during the day and it has been very overcast. I haven't seen the sun in days. My pictures are coming out fairly good with the cloudy setting, but people's faces are redder than they are in real life. Is there a good way to avoid that particular problem?

I'm shooting with k2000.

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You may want to shoot in raw and adjust WB in PP for the right skin colour tones.
You can still do this with JPEGs only, it will be under Colour Balance on your software, and isn't as versatile as WB control.
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Sounds to me like you're pulling photos straight out of the camera and not doing anything with them. Make sure you set your camera WB (manual WB if necessary) or worry about it later in post-processing. You can tweak slight color hues even in JPG as long as your white balance is not out to lunch.
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I don't know about the redness of the faces... could it be you're just selecting the wrong white balance? Try fiddling with custom white balance to see if you can get the tones you want.

If the problem is caused by actual fog/mist, i.e., water vapors in the air, then you can try using a circular polarizer which will cut out a lot of diverging light rays.

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Since moving to San Francisco I've had to deal with this myself, frequently. I find that setting the white balance to cloudy (i.e. overcast) will get you pretty close. Sometimes shade works better. As advised above shoot in RAW so you can adjust everything later. I usually like to spend the time to tweak one shot's white balance to get the color right and then just apply the same setting to other photos with the same lighting to give some consistency in the shot series. You could also use this approach and shot a color/gray card at the beginning of a series and essentially calibrate the colors exactly to the light on site. When the light changes shot the card again. I don't shoot with a gray card myself, but it should work well in theory.
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I wouldn't trust the color on your camera LCD as evidence of what the actual color in the photos is. Nor would I trust the color as it appears on your computer monitor unless you have calibrated it with a hardware colorimeter such as the Spyder or Huey. But if they are coming out too red for your tastes even on a calibrated monitor, then sure, I'd agree that the WB is a bit off from what you'd prefer, meaning you should either alter it in camera or in PP. Color in general, and white balance in particular, is a subjective thing. Consider: most of us hate it when a picture taken indoors under tungsten light looks too orange. But we'd really disappointed if our cameras were so good at removing this orange color cast from tungsten-lit pictures that they also removed it from sunset pictures, or pictures of roses. Color is ore of an art than a science.
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I've been taking a lot of pics and the majority of the pixels are either white from fog, green (grass), and brown (trees). Anything that is red is oversaturated to the extent that there is very little shading and the reds are overwhelmingly solid colored. How do I adjust the camera's jpeg engine to back off of the red setting a bit?
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