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Hazillian

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Getting good photos of your new do.
« on: 09 Jan 13 / 05:33 PM »
I've realized a lot of people actually have quite a few issues with getting an accurate photo of their new do, ESPECIALLY with green/blue colours. I found a guide on how to sort that out, but I can't link to it because of forum rules.  So instead I'll just tell you all what I learned! :)


One of the main things that will interfere with your hair photo is indoor lighting. Youíve probably noticed that normal light bulbs give off a yellowish light. This affects how your camera processes the colours. Where you see it looking okay under artificial light, the camera might not. Violet can look blue, pink can look reddish and turquoise and look overly green.
You might also notice that your hair colour is affected by the flash on your camera Ė shades like violet and purple often look too blue in shots with flash.

For those reasons itís usually best to take your hair photograph outside if possible. It doesn't have to be a sunny day, in fact you'll probably find you get much more vivid colours when the light is diffused by cloud cover. Although direct sunlight is great for making your hair look shiny, it confuses some digital cameras and give unusual results. I found this occasionally happens with strong blue tones.

If you canít get outside try taking your photo next to a window. Donít stand with your back to the window or your face and hair will be dark in the picture. Instead stand with the window to one side of you so that the light is falling onto your face. Many cameras will automatically add flash if required. Although flash can sometimes cause problems with the colour, the natural light should minimize this and youíll still be able to get a good photo.

Another good way to stop the camera from processing the colors in undesirable ways is to include something white and something black in the photo, too. (e.g., in front of a white wall wearing a black shirt) to give something for the camera to balance off of. It also helps to check out the different 'white balance' settings used by the camera. Most are set on auto, which is yellow tinted, but can be switched to daylight, night time, incandescent, and fluorescent.


 *1* Tada!  *1*
Now you're all fully equipped to go show off your beautiful locks. :)  Be free, my fellow forum members!
 

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Re: Getting good photos of your new do.
« Reply #1 on: 09 Jan 13 / 06:11 PM »
Doesn't matter what tricks I use when I try and use my camera phone. It always reads greens and blues wrong. Purples and blues too. Natural light, daylight bulbs, my photography lights even!

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Hazillian

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Re: Getting good photos of your new do.
« Reply #2 on: 09 Jan 13 / 06:15 PM »
I've heard that it depends on the camera, too. Some cameras photograph certain colours better.
But I don't think it's worth buying a whole new camera for, so I didn't bother mentioning that.

I've found my DSLR photographs my hair colours a LOOT better than my camera phone, and my phone has a fantastic camera.
 

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Re: Getting good photos of your new do.
« Reply #3 on: 09 Jan 13 / 08:16 PM »
Yeah, my dslr is next to perfect on colour! I just can't be bothered to use that for things like that lol that's why most of the photos I post are the ones wee I've got the full set up when I do photos for my shop.
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