Here’s a new JN belt taken under almost perfect conditions.
It’s sunny and clear out, so I set the digi cam to WB sunlight. I took the pic under direct sunlight, with a clean white foamboard backing.
As you can see, it still comes out grayish. It really seems impossible to get rid of the blue grey even under ideal conditions without doing some additional fancy footwork with the camera.
My next experiment will be to do a reference white balance shot of the foam backing, then retake the pic.
If that does not work, then I will try to fiddle with some other setting, until I get it right: what I want is the dazzling color of the belt to come out, and the white canvas to appear, well, white, and not this soot grey color.
It seems simple enough — much of the problem seems to be all this color interpolation and extra stuff the digital camera is doing for you. Maybe I should work with RAW digital files, but that seems to add another level of skill and complexity to what should be the simple matter of taking canvas belt snaps under normal sunlight and have the color of the canvas (which is white, not soot!) and the design come out looking as they do in real life.
This will all have to wait, as I am going back to Vero in a few minutes to pick up the rest of my DMC boxes from Mary Agnes.
It should be fun!
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