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Q: Sometimes my images are too orange or too blue. How do I get truer color with my indoor photos?
There are several answers to this question depending on the type of camera you have.
- When taking indoor pictures with a basic point-and-shoot camera -- like FE models -- or when shooting in AUTO, make sure you are within the flash range. Shooting from too far away can affect the final exposure, as ambient light will be increased in the shot and you're more likely to get shots that are too dark or show yellow-orange coloration. Try standing closer to the subject and use the flash. Additionally, using the Night Scene + Portrait will actually increase the amount of ambient light because of this setting's slower shutter speed. You may get the best skin tonality and contrast by simply using the Portrait Mode.
- For models with manual settings, there are simple ways to prevent your images from appearing too blue or orange in color. First, check to make sure that your WB setting is in the AUTO position, the manual settings for daylight or cloudy will provide very yellowish tones for indoor use. If your photos are turning out too blue in color, check under Program to see if your camera's White Balance (WB) setting is set to tungsten. If it is set to tungsten, switch it back to AUTO mode to get the appropriate white balance setting.
For more detailed information about white balance settings, please visit our "White Balance: Getting the Balance Right" tip.
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