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    ''Jordan"

    I took this portrait of one of the members kids at my local photography club last Monday. I like it for the colour, sharpness & the expressionless natural look on his face. I took it using available light with Canon 5DMk II & Canon 70:200F4 IS lens.

    ''Jordan"

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    Edwin, what follows is obviously a matter of opinion, as well as personal preference, as I do not know the boy - the lighting seems a bit harsh and the skin tones appear to have a yellowish tint; for me, the image should look something like this -

    ''Jordan"

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    Hi Edwin,
    This is a lovely portrait with great natural lighting. I expect you are very pleased with it! I have to agree with Philip though: it does have a yellowish skin tone.

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    Edwin, I have to chime in with Phillip. t first I thought the yellow-green skin tones were the fault of a new monitor; which, despite being calibrated, I do not trust totally yet. However, the portrait is very nice and shows the young man in a very masculine pose!

    I just acquired a Smartphone and one of my first apps I loaded was one which converts the smartphone into a gray card for matching color temperature...

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    Re: ''Jordan"

    Quote Originally Posted by rpcrowe View Post
    I just acquired a Smartphone and one of my first apps I loaded was one which converts the smartphone into a gray card for matching color temperature...
    You mean you use one electronic display to set the camera's white balance?

    That just seems wrong

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    The app shows the screen as an 18% gay card. Including it in the first of a series of images it gives me a benchmark for color correction. It also has a white card but, that doesn't really look "white" enough for my tastes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpcrowe View Post
    The app shows the screen as an 18% gay card. Including it in the first of a series of images it gives me a benchmark for color correction. It also has a white card but, that doesn't really look "white" enough for my tastes...
    Out of interest Richard, have you shot it alongside of a regular spectrally neutral card to see how neutral it really is?

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    Re: ''Jordan"

    Quote Originally Posted by rpcrowe View Post
    The app shows the screen as an 18% gray card. Including it in the first of a series of images it gives me a benchmark for color correction. It also has a white card but, that doesn't really look "white" enough for my tastes...
    Exactly, any screen won't be a continuous spectrum, will need calibrating, will likely to drift with temperature and of course; reflect ambient light - which actually, ought to be the whole point of a white balance, shouldn't it?

    Or am I missing something?
    You said "for matching color temperature", perhaps I have the wrong end of the stick.
    Do you adjust the app. to match it to a grey card held in ambient light and get kelvin figure?

    Very confused,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Humphries View Post
    Exactly, any screen won't be a continuous spectrum, will need calibrating, will likely to drift with temperature and of course; reflect ambient light - which actually, ought to be the whole point of a white balance, shouldn't it?

    Or am I missing something?
    You said "for matching color temperature", perhaps I have the wrong end of the stick.
    Do you adjust the app. to match it to a grey card held in ambient light and get kelvin figure?

    Very confused,
    Hi Dave,

    I'm guessing that it's probably just a case of degrees (or Kelvin if we're in a punny mood today!).

    I can guess that the spectrally neutral gray (nothing really to do with 18% though) of a phone screen probably wouldn't be as accurate as a "real" grey card, if it's all you have, then it's probably more accurate than Charlies brown hat / blue shirt / or pink skin (possibly being the only other alternatives in an image).

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    Re: ''Jordan"

    "...am I missing something?"

    - Edwin's photo?...

    Philip

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    Re: ''Jordan"

    Quote Originally Posted by MrB View Post
    "...am I missing something?"

    - Edwin's photo?...

    Philip
    Oh yes Philip,

    I agree your version of Edwin's photo looks much more natural

    In other respects Edwin, quite a reasonable shot that the subject themselves probably wouldn't object to.

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