Color Photography Mistake No. 5: colors washed out
If you have a collection of shots with pale, washed out colors the chances are that it’s not a problem with the camera’s color settings, but the exposure that you’ve used.
Overexposing an image can make its colors very light, in fact in some instances photographers may underexpose images slightly to get more saturated results.
The first thing to do is to check that you haven’t set a much higher sensitivity setting than the lighting requires as this may force the camera into overexposing the scene.
If you are shooting in Manual exposure mode check that you haven’t just set the wrong exposure values and overexposed the scene.
Closing down the aperture and/or using a faster shutter speed will reduce the exposure.
If you are shooting in one of the automatic or semi automatic modes such as aperture or shutter priority, you should check the exposure compensation value. If this is on the positive side you have been overexposing the images.
And of course, if you have using the Picture Style, Picture Controls or Film Modes it’s important to make sure that an appropriate setting hasn’t been used and it’s parameters have been returned to their normal values.
PAGE 1 – Color Photography Mistake No. 1: In correct white balance set
PAGE 2 – Color Photography Mistake No. 2: Image has no atmosphere
PAGE 3 – Color Photography Mistake No. 3: Mixed lighting
PAGE 4 – Color Photography Mistake No. 4: colors don’t suit the scene
PAGE 5 – Color Photography Mistake No. 5: colors washed out
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