nikon D50 won't shoot purple!!

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by jr stevens, Sep 3, 2009.

  1. Hey all, i cannot get my nikon d50 to replicate anything that is a deep purple..my mom wanted some pics of her very purple flowers but everythinhg came out a deep blue..i tried my canon a540 and the same thing..I can only assume that the sensores have trouble with this particluar color....how do i fix this and is this somehting other people have experienced?
     
  2. The first step would be to get the appropriate white balance.
    The next step would be to realize that this is a problem in film and digital.
     
  3. Certain flowers have colours outside of the gamut of many digital displays and printers. There isn't a whole lot you can do about it except to get a printer with a very large gamut and try that. Of course it's good to have a calibrated display to see that it's not a display problem.
     
  4. My D50 shoots a lovely purple.
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  5. Here is a company that claims to solve that problem. It's a Photoshop plugin for $50 US.
    http://www.fullspectrumrgb.com/
    I have not tired it so I can't even remotely attest to it. But I agree with Rob and Ilkka that you should make sure to have the correct white balance and a calibrated display. I have also read that digital sensors have a hard time on the purple end of the spectrum, but I have not had those problems myself.
     
  6. Purple is difficult to capture with any camera as it isn't an actual color--at least that's what I read somewhere (can't remember where). We see purple with our eyes because we believe an abject should be that color. A camera can't be fooled because it doesn't know what purple looks like. You have to adjust the WB to make the camera see what your eye thinks it sees.
     
  7. Purple is difficult to capture with any camera as it isn't an actual color--at least that's what I read somewhere (can't remember where). We see purple with our eyes because we believe an abject should be that color. A camera can't be fooled because it doesn't know what purple looks like. You have to adjust the WB to make the camera see what your eye thinks it sees.
     
  8. Deja vu:
    http://www.photo.net/nikon-camera-forum/00Tgpn
    John submitted the same question in June, and Peter posted the same excellent flower picture, and several noted that purple isn't really a part of the color spectrum. (And I posted a link to an explanation...http://www.davidberryart.com/articles/purple.html )
     
  9. Poor indigo...always getting a bad rap.
     
  10. John, How do you have your camera set? Jpeg or RAW, if your shooting jpeg what color space are you shooting in srgb or adobe rgb?
     
  11. All my Nikons do this to varying degrees when I shoot sports teams with purple uniforms. It depends on the texture and material the uniform is made of. Sometimes no correction is needed. Any version of Elements can quickly fix this by going to the color hue/saturation tab and adjusting the blue slider to a positive value of hue (i.e. +30 hue or greater). The blues should be purple again.
     
  12. Little bit of this and that. As stated, you should be able to get closer with white balance adjustment. The bees and the flowers have something worked out in the UV range that humans and most cameras are not in on. So there are more problems with with blue and purple. Well, other colors too, particularly red, but different issue. Anyway, I don't think that this is D50 specific.
     
  13. http://ladyslatternly.wordpress.com/2008/12/01/anomalous-reflectance/
     

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