SD14 + Jpeg studio experience. Part 2

Continuing from Part 1.

With shaky legs and really only one thing really working reliably, my new lens 18-50 2.8 Macro. I went to the studio again.

Now, this second time I got help from another photographer. Again. Felt like bambi on thin ice and I was happy not to be alone in case I fell. There was actually more things than just JPEG’s that worried me. Battery was one and I brought eight fully charged batteries and the grip, to be on the safe side. Also, this time I was supposed to actually work with customers and bring in some great shots that would sell. But, with the other photographer as main, or backup. Not sure what the deal was, it overall felt safe.

Here comes the very first shots, with custom WB and one using fluorescent wb. Using the custom white balance just didn’t work. Probably because of colored light in background or something, not sure. But it all looked yellow except perhaps the last, which had a magenta tint instead.

Very first test shots with Carl (yes, we do have the same name). He suggested that I would do as he on his Canon, use Tungsten WB - but I said that this is a Sigma, very different and needs to set custom WB using grey card. (and yes, he used some colored filter for the background light)

Very first test shots with Carl (yes, we do have the same name). He suggested that I would do as he on his Canon, use Fluorescent WB - but I said that this is a Sigma, very different and needs to set custom WB using grey card. (and yes, he used some colored filter for the background light)

After just a few shots I felt like – what am I doing here?!!! Desperately I started to test my options. Settings for saturation, contrast, sharpness and of course WB settings.

Incandenscent WB Hmm.. perhaps this bluish tone would work if I added lots of yellow?! Strange but a bit "cool" looking. Nha, this is a RAW camera - this is childish!

Incandescent WB Hmm.. perhaps this bluish tone would work if I added lots of yellow?! Strange but a bit "cool" looking. Nha, this is a RAW camera - this is childish!

At least Carl got some really Swedish eyes!! :D At this point I already had given up and I continued just for fun. Carl was a fun guy and we had a great time together. And we talked about what other cameras I could use – a cheap Canon D450 would probably be inexpensive and do the trick.

But shame to those who give up! I by mistake (probably) switch over to fluorescent wb.

Fluorescent WB

Fluorescent WB

I suddenly realized, especially with those last three pictures that although they had a slight magenta tone on his lips they overall looked really good. From this moment it was all about setting up contrast and saturation correctly and I felt for the first time that there was hope!

100% crop from in-camera jpeg using studio strobes and Fluorescent WB. (from one of the above shots).

100% crop from in-camera jpeg using studio strobes and Fluorescent WB. (from one of the above shots). Also wordpress adds it's mark by re-compressing the original jpg.

Get ready for part three. Would this work in reality? With REAL people?

Continue reading part 3!

About Carl Rytterfalk

Welcome to my blog! I'm Carl Rytterfalk, a swedish photographer who loves everything that is interesting in the world of photography. In 2002 I fell in love with the three layered Foveon sensor and has since then been an addicted user of Sigma cameras. Though I use Canon and Nikon as well. :)
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10 Responses to SD14 + Jpeg studio experience. Part 2

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  2. Very promising results. Looking forward to Part 3. :)

    Interesting that you get a color shift when taking a custom reading off of a grey card…

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  4. Bengt says:

    I set the flash using a wrong WB…then i get wrong background when i set WB right at the motief….

  5. Bengt, what can I say. This is really a new experience, very raw jpeg experience. hehe. The very first shots with kind of yellow colored jpegs would turn OK if it was raw – actually – I’ve seen that sort of yellow cast before and when SPP or Lightroom is calculating the raw then it turn skin toned without further adjustments. But still, jpeg looks off.

    Perhaps it’s would look slightly better using Profoto which has perfect color temp using any amount of light. :)

  6. Decided to see what a studio shot would look like if I used fluorescent working with RAW instead of jpeg only.

    First the Custom WB shot as in-camera JPEG. (always embedded in Sigma .X3F raw files). Notice the same yellowish tone as my first attempts.
    [img]http://www.rytterfalk.com/wp-content/upload/1254036079-sd14_embedd.jpg[/img]

    Second, developed using LR and SPP. Yellow gone, skin tone OK.
    [img]http://www.rytterfalk.com/wp-content/upload/1254036098-sd14_lr.jpg[/img]
    [img]http://www.rytterfalk.com/wp-content/upload/1254036261-sd14_spp.jpg[/img]

    Now, what would it look like if I switched over to fluorescent? Would it make sense when using a RAW file?
    [img]http://www.rytterfalk.com/wp-content/upload/1254036403-sd14_tungsten.jpg[/img]

    Answer is clear as the brightest day. NO! So, fluorescent is ONLY to use when jpeg is the only output.

  7. Bob van Ooik says:

    Sorry, i should’ve told you earlier… Fluorescent is my most used WB on the SD14 :)

  8. Bob! haha, you should have. :)

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