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Old 06-01-2010, 05:21 AM   #1
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Question Are predominantly red cards hard to photograph?

Hi, I have a new Kodak digital camera - about 6 months old. Love the photos it takes and use Google Picasa photo program which I am really happy with. But I always have difficulty photographing red cards, and seemingly no amount of fiddling with either Picasa or even my Scanner program (which is really great too), makes the card look like it should - the colour isn't right. Does anyone have any tips? Or does anyone else have trouble photographing predominantly red cards?

Note I usually photograph my cards outside (natural light) using the Macro setting.
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I remember someone else asking about a problem with red ribbon not coming out right. I know that some reds don't look right with my Olympus mju - poppies, for example. Have you tried experimenting with using a different White Balance setting?
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Old 06-02-2010, 02:10 AM   #3
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No, I hadn't thought about fiddling with the White Balance setting - guess I thought because I am taking the photo without flash and in natural light outdoors, it should come out OK with the Daylight setting. I'll take some pics in the next few days and see if it makes a difference. Thanks for the suggestions.
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From reading up on it, because red is at one extreme of the light spectrum it's a colour that cameras can struggle to reproduce accurately. The two suggestions I found were trying different white balances and zooming out, so that the red is less dominant in the frame.
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Cook has good advice....and..you may need flash to make the colors correct.
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Great - thank you for the tips
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