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12-08-2008, 12:18 PM   #1
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Best Setting For Colored Christmas Lights

Hey All,
Seems like every year,all my Christmas display pictures have red lights that look more pinkish than a true red color, of course that was before when I used P and S or bridgecam for shooting. Now I own the fabulous Pentax k200d and with all the settings on it, I don't know where to start to make my reds look RED. I don't want another "Barbie Dream Christmas Tree" again this year. <g>

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12-08-2008, 12:57 PM   #2
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Could you post some samples? An adjustment or appropriate white balance setting may be what's needed
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QuoteOriginally posted by shutterpuppy Quote
Hey All,
Seems like every year,all my Christmas display pictures have red lights that look more pinkish than a true red color, of course that was before when I used P and S or bridgecam for shooting. Now I own the fabulous Pentax k200d and with all the settings on it, I don't know where to start to make my reds look RED. I don't want another "Barbie Dream Christmas Tree" again this year. <g>

Thanks in advance
Barry
Tungsten setting..

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Plus you compact was probably over-exposing due to all the darkness around the lights? Thus making the red into pink.

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Just shoot RAW and get the white balance correct in your RAW processing program (ACR, PPL, etc....)
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Best setting for coloured Christmas lights?
The neighbour's yard.
Bah! Humbug!!
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Hi Shutterpuppy,

I used my K200d last night to shoot some outside Xmas lights. I set my cam to auto whitebalance, aperture priority, ISO 100, natural mode, exposure compensation to -1/3. Post processing involved auto levels. It was first try at outside Xmas lights. I think the reds turned out OK. Maybe this will give you a place to start.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wheatfield Quote
Best setting for coloured Christmas lights?
The neighbour's yard.
Bah! Humbug!!
cute one

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There was a thread last year on this ... and the best time to shoot outdoor Christmas lighting is before the sky goes black ... late dusk will give the best results.
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Hi Shutterpuppy,

I used my K200d last night to shoot some outside Xmas lights. I set my cam to auto whitebalance, aperture priority, ISO 100, natural mode, exposure compensation to -1/3. Post processing involved auto levels. It was first try at outside Xmas lights. I think the reds turned out OK. Maybe this will give you a place to start.
Nice shot Leanne,
I think I'll wait til I'm in Miami Beach next week visiting my sister before shooting any Christmas lights.. besides, I've heard about a display with Santa in a Speedo on his surfboard being pulled 8 tiny poodles. I heard it's a must see. LOL
It's freezing now in Dallas and I need the warmth however it somehow doesn't seem right listening to "White Christmas" on the radio when trying to get a tan.

Barry
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