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09-10-2009, 08:35 AM   #1
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Red looks orange?

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I have a K200D, and I shoot a lot of product photos at work with it. I'm having trouble with a red item, though. No matter what I do, it looks orange. It's a red Cordura bag, shot against Savage tech green seamless background paper. The lighting is 3200k tungsten constant lights with white umbrellas. I set the white balance with a sheet of white poster board. I've tried adjusting the color in CS3, but it only changes the background, not the hue of the bag. Any ideas?

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09-10-2009, 08:59 AM   #2
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On my screen, it looks more red than orange. Do you have a Pantone Swatch book to give us a color number as a reference? It would really help.
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Definitely red, not orange, on my home and work monitors.
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Looks like you used a chromascreen. Select it then select inverse use that to create a mask for an adjustment layer. Use an adjustment layer so you have complete control.

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It looks red on my monitor as well
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Looking at the RGB values of the pixels, they are all in the neighborhood of 200-something R, and 0-5 G & B. That's about as red as an image can possibly be. If it's showing as too orange on your monitor, my guess is it's time to to calibrate it. You might also have your monitor brightness turned up too high - a very bright red is often often perceived as being somewhat warmer than it truly is. I'm thinking the green backgrond contributes to this illusion.
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Looks red to me. For starters, poster board usually isn't perfectly white, but I don't think that's your problem. It looks like the might be some red channel clipping in the first one and maybe the second, and they both seem kind of soft. Anyways, have you considered that your monitor needs to be calibrated? how do other things that are supposed to be that color look?
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QuoteOriginally posted by qquake2k Quote
Hi All,

I have a K200D, and I shoot a lot of product photos at work with it. I'm having trouble with a red item, though. No matter what I do, it looks orange. It's a red Cordura bag, shot against Savage tech green seamless background paper. The lighting is 3200k tungsten constant lights with white umbrellas. I set the white balance with a sheet of white poster board. I've tried adjusting the color in CS3, but it only changes the background, not the hue of the bag. Any ideas?
Cheaper LCD's do that.... Try printing and see what color it is....

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red to me as well on my calibrated laptop display...welcome to the world of color management ;-)
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Looks red to me as well, though I don't have the original subject to compare it to. You might want to consider a neutral color background.

Steve

BTW...that is one serious looking first aid kit...
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Yes, it is very red from here too.
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Red,red,red
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Red on Toshiba Qosmio G50 and Samsung 206BW extended monitor. Both screens calibrated with Eye-One-Match. In particular the Samsung results looks spot on given the other colours in the pack.
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Red for me too.

Helps to get rid of the green background.
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