What can I do to minimize "yellow lighting" problem

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  1. superemone

    superemone TPF Noob!

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    Everytime I take pictures at night inside my house, the pictures get yellowish due to inside lighting. Using flash is out of the question, because I hate it. What can I do to minimize the yellow appearance? I'm currently shooting with a Canon 40d.

    Thanks all!
     
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    Have you adjusted your white balance? Auto WB has been known to be really not very good in incandescent conditions, so you might have to actually switch to the incandescent WB setting. If that's not good enough (I believe its customizable, you might wanna look at your manual), you'll probably have to shoot in RAW and change it with post-processing software.

    Of course, if you already know this part of the camera, then ignore me.
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    What senor said.

    Either do a custom white balance, or edit in post.

    If you're shooting RAW it's very easy to do in DPP. If you're shooting JPEG, it's still not that hard from what I understand - but someone else will have to guide you through that.
     
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    Just pickup a 430 or 580 Canon flash and bounce it. Trust me, it looks 1000000000x better than ugly direct flash from point and shoots that most people getting into DSLRs are coming from. I avoided using a flash like the plague too, but then I taught myself how to use one well and that was the end of that. I use a flash for the majority of my shooting now. Even outdoors I use it for fill flash (getting rid of nasty shadows in the mid-day sun)
     
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    Remember too (totally unrelated) that flash IS your friend. I know the people around you probably don't appreciate it, but if you ever get a flash unit you can slide on the hotshoe, you can bounce it off of stuff like the ceilings and it is:

    a) more natural looking (people don't look like deer in headlights, lol)
    b) a lot less annoying and intrusive (nowhere near as bright)

    I just wanted to tell you that. I will be honest and say I can't use flash at all either (totally washes out my subjects), but it can work if you know how to make it work. And if you find out how, let me know :)

    Edited to add: Yeah, what Mav said... lol
     
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    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I do understand that and why you don't want to use the on-camera flash. Ruins about every photo you take indoors.

    But a separate flash, bounced off the (white!) ceiling does wonders to your indoors-photography.

    If lamp light only IS your choice of light, make sure you adjust your white balance to that kind of light. You can choose from at least 7 different light source situations, or go AUTO. One is a little bulb-icon, and that should be on when you are indoors with tungsten light as your source.

    Don't forget to go back to "cloudy" or "sunny" when you are back out again, though, or everything will be blue :D.

    (Shooting RAW is the easiest manner to remedy such little mistakes as you can adjust your colour temperature ever so easily).
     
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    Why do you hate flash? I can see why you would hate the on-camera flash, but a 550EX or a 580EX can be your best friend sometimes.
     
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    Excellent tips guys. I'll use the light bulb setting and play around with my WB for now before diving into flash. I'm newer than a newbie when it comes to DSLR.
     
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    Silly Canon 40d that doesn't read the user's mind and automatically turn the dial onto the light bulb when it detects incandescent light... You'd think Canon would cater for buyers with enough money to purchase their 40d - but short of time to read their manuals...
    MORAL of story: Read the Manual...
    Jedo
     
  10. Alex_B

    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I never read a manual of any of the cameras I ever owned and used.

    OK, not that I recommend this, but not everyone likes reading manuals :) Also, manuals tend to be a bit useless, unless you know the basics behind what is explained there.
     
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    Another piece of advice is to lose the "Flash is bad" idea. Flash can be bad when it isn't used the right way, but when it is used correctly, it can really make a photo fantastic.
     
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    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    but also natural ambient light can be fantastic. and the colour is really not a flash-no flash problem. If you want fater shutter speeds, oor if you want to get certain effects using additional light, then i would agreee, go for flash.
     

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