Golf pro's headshots, not sure about skintone (pic)

Joined
Feb 1, 2005
Messages
4,741
Location
SE Florida
Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available)

Model NIKON D2X/17-55DX
Flash Used Yes
Focal Length 55 mm
Exposure Time 1/80 sec
Aperture f/3.2
ISO Equivalent 400
Exposure Bias none
White Balance flash
Exposure Program manual

(btw, I did 4 different guys at this shoot). Ya, I did it the (stupid) lazy way of simply setting the WB to Flash, instead of doing a custom WB. For some reason, they all turned out quite a bit more yellow than this final edit for web. Ibounced the flash off the 9ft high (off white) ceiling. Want opinions on skintone. I know, everybody had slightly different skintones, but does this look overly yellow to you, or is it ok?
In NC4, I did a "Calculate Automatically", then tweaked more from there.
Also, I learned 2 valuable lessons here. always bring spare consumables, and do a custom WB! My Flash batteries went dead 3/4 way through the shoot, and I didn't bring spares, thinking this would be a quick hit & run deal. They were barely used rechargables. I thought I actually had to go home for the spare SB800, since I thought it might've been the SB800 at fault. The reason for thinking I had to return the 6 mi home, was the head pro gave me 4 (apparently well used) AA's, and the SB continued to malfunction, and not fire. So, back home, I put some known good batteries in it, then it worked just fine.
Didn't exactly leave a great impression with the head pro. As I mentioned earlier, he's (was)considering me for an occasional position as an event photog. Dammit! :oops:
 
Joined
Jan 26, 2005
Messages
1,011
Location
San Jose, CA
I know, everybody had slightly different skintones, but does this look overly yellow to you, or is it ok?
It looks yellowish to me, Steve. Since I don't use RAW, I generally adjust stuff like this using Photoshop's
color balance utility. It's all eyeball stuff. In this case, I shifted cyan-to-red by +15%, and yellow-to-blue by
+12%. See what you think.

Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available)
 
Joined
Feb 1, 2005
Messages
4,741
Location
SE Florida
Thanks guys, & Frank, that is better now

I'll use your correction formula on em. I gotta go back and redo all of them in PS before I deliver the images on CD for the print shop. They're making a brochure offering golf lessons, and their (small) images are gonna be on it. Dunno why the heck the came out so dang yellow though. I figured "Flash" WB would'a gotten me close.
How's the crop, too tight, too loose?
 
Joined
Feb 1, 2005
Messages
4,741
Location
SE Florida
Just finished color correcting all 4 shots,

and reburning them to CD. I also realised they were still in 16-bit color, so I converted them to 8-bit. They do look much better now. Thanks Frank!
 
Joined
Feb 4, 2005
Messages
5,921
Location
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Steve,

Don't beat yourself up over a few mistakes. This is how we all learn. By mistakes. Now you know to take extra batteries, extra flash and set the white balance yourself. Overall, I think you gave it your best shot and who knows they still may give you the position of their event photographer. God knows I don't think I couldn't have done better.
 
Links on this page may be to our affiliates. Sales through affiliate links may benefit this site.
Nikon Cafe is a fan site and not associated with Nikon Corporation.
Forum post reactions by Twemoji: https://github.com/twitter/twemoji
Copyright © 2005-2019 Amin Forums, LLC
Top Bottom