Trying to mimic Canon color.
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okafoja
Registered: Mar 02, 2006
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Coming from Canon I am so used to Canon skin tone. What do you guys think. I struggle with Nikon files especially D800. D700 is not a problem.

Original Nikon






After mimicking Canon












BenV
Registered: Jan 01, 2008
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I think your nit picking tbh, I really don't see much (if any) difference



gpchase
Registered: Jan 03, 2011
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Certainly more saturation on the latter...can you do a split screen ?



James R
Registered: Feb 25, 2006
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IMO the skin tone change impacted the hat. It seems to have lost a little of its vibrancy in the Canon version. I actually like the first picture more, but, I've been shooting Nikon for a long time. Plus going back and forth to view these is difficult. Side-by-side would have worked better, as gpchase stated.



okafoja
Registered: Mar 02, 2006
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I don't know how to do the split screen. I agreed on the head tie. I like Nikon better.



Elan II
Registered: Oct 08, 2005
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You really didn't pick a good shot to experiment with because of the strong color contamination. The right (her right) side of her face and neck have a blue/purple cast reflecting from the headscarf. Her left shoulder has some of this, too. I'm guessing this contamination is reaching further, but it's not clear to the eye without a clean shot to compare it to.

The edited shot is warmer, which masks this a little, but the over-saturation resulted in magenta tones that make her skin look unnatural. You should start with more evenly lit shots before developing a processing regiment for your new Nikon equipment. Btw, I've seen very clean and natural looking skin tones from both Canon and Nikon shooters. I never would have thought that one brand produces different tones from the other. What makes you think this is the case?





snooked123
Registered: Feb 12, 2006
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I like the Nikon better.



okafoja
Registered: Mar 02, 2006
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Elan II wrote:
You really didn't pick a good shot to experiment with because of the strong color contamination. The right (her right) side of her face and neck have a blue/purple cast reflecting from the headscarf. Her left shoulder has some of this, too. I'm guessing this contamination is reaching further, but it's not clear to the eye without a clean shot to compare it to.

The edited shot is warmer, which masks this a little, but the over-saturation resulted in magenta tones that make her skin look unnatural. You should start with more evenly lit shots before developing a processing regiment for your new Nikon equipment. Btw, I've seen very clean and natural looking skin tones from both Canon and Nikon shooters. I never would have thought that one brand produces different tones from the other. What makes you think this is the case?





Actually I don't think one is better. I just struggle with D800 files straight from Camera. AWB is a lot better with Canon.



okafoja
Registered: Mar 02, 2006
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snooked123 wrote:
I like the Nikon better.


Maybe with time I will get use to Nikon.



Mescalamba
Registered: Jul 06, 2011
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What way you are using to achieve this? Just curious.



shmn
Registered: Feb 05, 2010
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Are you shooting RAW or JPG? If shooting JPG, which Picture Controls are you using?



okafoja
Registered: Mar 02, 2006
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shmn wrote:
Are you shooting RAW or JPG? If shooting JPG, which Picture Controls are you using?


I shoot RAW only.



okafoja
Registered: Mar 02, 2006
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Mescalamba wrote:
What way you are using to achieve this? Just curious.


All done in LR4. Just playing around different sliders until I get it to look close to my Canon files. I need to develop a real game plan.



Bruce Sawle
Registered: Sep 26, 2006
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Try these presets for lightroom. They are for Nikon and Canon it may help you get started. I agree with you that the Canon WB is better.

http://lightroomkillertips.com/2012/lightroom-4-camera-calibration-profile-presets/



jrfx
Registered: May 30, 2012
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If you shoot RAW and use Lightroom try PSKISS Cross Camera Profiles
http://pskiss.com/shop/cross-camera-color-profiles/

You can also try DxO Optics Pro 8 Elite. However for 800 RAW files DxO 8 demand that you use 4-Core Processors such as Core i7 4-Cores (CMIIW).



Steve Beck
Registered: Sep 22, 2006
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One reason I came to Nikon was the skin tones. I always felt canon was way to saturated and false.



RDParker
Registered: Jul 19, 2011
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Steve Beck wrote:
One reason I came to Nikon was the skin tones. I always felt canon was way to saturated and false.


+1



Avi B
Registered: Dec 07, 2006
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RDParker wrote:
Steve Beck wrote:
One reason I came to Nikon was the skin tones. I always felt canon was way to saturated and false.


+1

+2



Slabshaft
Registered: Oct 02, 2012
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I do like the right better. It looks richer. The difference is so subtle, I wouldn't have known otherwise. I think the difference may be more pronounced with a caucasian skin tone where the pinks/reds can easily make skin look nasty and incorrect greens make the skin look sickly.



trenchmonkey
Registered: Oct 22, 2004
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I moved from Canon to get AWAY from their color AND noise. Whatever floats yer boat.



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