Why do I have a yellow cast on EVERYTHING?

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  1. jonolikesbuster

    jonolikesbuster TPF Noob!

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    So, I have a Canon 5D and I'm getting a nasty cast on all the stuff I take. I made a little graph thing with the white balance. I took these at all the same eposure, just using diffrent WB. Tell me what you think is wrong. I've reset all the camera settings and changed lenses to no avail. Help would be appricated.

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    looks about right to me... Tungsten is the least 'yellow' and thats the correct setting for indoor use. I doubt you'll get a yellow cast on anything taken outside.... so its not your camera or your lenses.
     
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    You have to look at the type of lighting you are shooting under. It's Tungsten, which has a very low color temperature. Look at the image with tungesten white balance. It's much closer to what it should be. If you are going to shoot jpg, and color is critical, then get yourself a color temp meter. Otherwise, shoot in raw (highly recommended) and white balance in post production software.
     
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    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    guess you have mixed light there .. so not Tungsten only, and not Flourecent only.

    Actually Tungsten WB looks best in your case.

    Try shooting raw and adjusting in the raw converter. indoor with mixed light sources can be a bit complicated.

    .. that much from a 5 D shooter.
     
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    jonolikesbuster TPF Noob!

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    Don't judge me.

    It's not that it is mixed light, it's purely tungsen. And it does this everwhere, not just inside. The only way I can really get it to have a decent WB is to set it manually, which can be a pain if you have to change it often.
     
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    hmm? no one is judging you ... i just speak from experience, indoors unless under studio conditions you almost always have mixed light.


    well, every photographer who shoots more than bright standard landscapes will tell you that manual is the only way to get proper WB ...
     
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    I also suggest shooting in RAW...especially if WB is this important to you.

    Is your monitor correctly calibrated?
     
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    jonolikesbuster TPF Noob!

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    Oh, sorry. I thought the "that much from a 5D shooter" was supposed to be cutting.

    Anyway, the point isn't that it works with a custom WB and you should shoot with a custom WB. The point is it's not doing what it's supposed to be doing and having correct colors when I put it on a preset.

    And yes, I've calibrated my monitor. It also looks yellow on the camera's screen. And I do frequently shoot in RAW but sometimes it's inconvinent.
     
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    It's a preset...not an absolute. If you carefully measured 10 different tungsten bulbs...you probably wouldn't find two that had the same color temp. The preset is just their best guess as to the color temp for indoor/tungsten lighting.

    I pretty much always use AWB and adjust in RAW. I used to think that it was more inconvenient to shoot RAW but once I started using better software (R.S.E.)...I shoot in RAW almost exclusively.
     
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    lol, no I just wanted to express that that i have trhe same camera and are very happy with WB.. also compared to other cams :)

    there is no camera on the market which will give you correct results all the time with auto WB.

    as for presets.. those are estimates, which not always hit what you want perfectly...

    if you think you cam works not properly, then your only chance to find out would be to try a second 5d copy and compare ...
     
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    hey all. Ya I know this kid who posted this and I have seen his probelm first hand. I have a sony a100 and my WB is comming out almost perfect to what the 5d is doing. In my opinion there is somethign wrong with the camera because it is so off. I can set my settings to the wrong ones and still get way less of a cast as those examples above.
     
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    Try getting a grey card and shooting in RAW. It makes a world of a difference.
     

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