23 Jul 2015

Colors in the photos – natural skin color

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Natural skin color is a torment for many people. Various cameras render colors in different ways; for instance, Nikon has a reputation of producing yellow photos, while Canon – red ones. People also say that Canon’s photos are much better and more natural. If someone takes photos in JPG format, it may matter, but since you read my website, you know my opinion about taking JPG photos: they are only suitable as ready photos after the retouch, not as input material before editing.

This kind of photos is taken as RAWs. In case you don’t know what RAW is, let me explain that it’s an equivalent of the film in analog cameras. It’s a raw file undestroyed by camera editing and processed e.g. in Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom, or Capture One. All the parameters used to take a photo when you press the shutter release (contrast, white balance, color space etc.) can be changed in the RAW file. JPG is a file with 8 bits per channel, while RAW usually has (depending on the settings and the camera) 12-14 bits. It contains a lot more information; for instance, you can lighten the shadows by several EV. RAWs have various extensions depending on the producer of the equipment, e.g. *.raw (Panasonic), *.nef (Nikon) or *.cr2 (Canon).

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