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shooting your work - color or wash-out?

updated sat 18 jan 03


Diane Winters on thu 16 jan 03

Hi Kat,

You didn't give much information in your question and most responses have
assumed you were talking mainly about the kind of color shift in the
warm/cool dimension that occurs when your film is not matched to your light
source. They are all absolutely right and you'll need to double check that
the next roll you shoot.

But what you said in your post was that your light blue turned out looking
white, so an additional possibility is that the shot was also overexposed.
Did you shoot using your camera's automatic light metering? In most
situations the light meter's "judgement" is best but sometimes it's not. So
one thing you need to do when shooting your work is to "bracket" the shot,
which just means taking the shot the light meter recommends but also taking
additional shots at apertures above and below the recommended setting
(assuming the same lens speed setting). Most, if not all, modern SLR
cameras make this easy for you by having a little dial of some sort to
increase or decrease the eposure without leaving automatic metering mode.
(Just be sure when you finish shooting to return the bracketing dial to the
neutral position or that next roll of film you shoot at your sister's
wedding will be mis-exposed). Check your camera's manual to see how to

There are several books on the market for photographing artwork and crafts.
I've got the one by Steve Meltzer which I can't seem to lay my hands on
right now to provide title, ISBN etc. Other clayarters might have other
recommendations. Wouldn't be a bad idea to get one of them.

Good luck with it,
Diane Winters,
in beautiful Oakland/Berkeley - another June in January day - I'll bet we're
going to have to pay for all this gorgeous mild weather by something really
nasty in Feb. or March.

Kat wrote:

>Recently I purchased a SLR camera to take some
>photos of my work. Set up a booth, etc... and
>took the photos, seems all good. Until I developed them,
>The color was completely wrong. A light blue turned out
>white, what am I doing wrong?