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stacibeth

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so i was shooting food today for a magazine, i use hensel strobes and the canon 1ds mark 3, everything was going great and then all of a sudden the images starting looking very blue. I hadn't changed any settings on either my lights or camera. Obviously there was a color temperature problem and I couldn't seem to troubleshoot. Has this happened to anyone else? What do i do? how do i fix it if this happens again? Is it my camera? or is it my lights?
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Re: on a shoot and all of a sudden my images start looking blue??????
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2013, 01:04:10 AM »

Did you have your camera on auto-WB? It might change the balance by itself. If you were shooting RAW it really should not matter, as you can choose the right WB in conversion.

If you had the camera on flash WB and pictures turn blue all of a sudden, it must be camera malfunction. Are the files OK and just the LCD blue, or are the files damaged also?
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Re: on a shoot and all of a sudden my images start looking blue??????
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2013, 01:10:53 AM »

yes, camera was on auto WB, and all the files have a blue color cast,
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Re: on a shoot and all of a sudden my images start looking blue??????
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2013, 12:12:24 PM »

I presume you were shooting raw so you can just assign a better color balance when batch processing the raw files.
As to why it happened maybe your camera was thinking the modeling lights were the proper WB so AutoWB balanced for tungsten (2800-3200˚K) while WB for electronic flash is closer to 5000-6000˚K (bluer)
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Re: on a shoot and all of a sudden my images start looking blue??????
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2013, 07:43:26 AM »

I think Ellis called it.  Luckily your files should all be sound.

In addition, setting your camera to 5600K while shooting will also give you the histogram that best approximates the true raw values and thus exposure.

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Re: on a shoot and all of a sudden my images start looking blue??????
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2013, 01:58:21 AM »

Hi Staci

If Ellis's suggestion does not prove to the be the problem, I had a similar problem:

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/forum/index.php?topic=62180.msg501978#msg501978

I hope Ellis is right!

William

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« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2013, 08:48:49 AM »

Hey W. Walker, that is a little scary. Glad they could fix it though.
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