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New D90, green tint on people photos

Jason Richardson , May 07, 2009; 09:54 a.m.

I just got a new D90. Had a D80 before with no problems. I have found that most of the pictures I take of my children have a green tint to the faces area, noticable where there might be shadows. I am using the SB600 bounced off the ceiling, and have tried 3 different Nikon lenses: 17-55, 18-105, and 50 1.4. For test purposes, I set the camera to auto, set all lenses to 50mm, and took 3 pictures. All 3 show a greenish/yellow tint in the face area.
I never had this problem with my D80. Any ideas on how to fix this? I cannot return the camera, as I have over the maximum allowed shutter activations for a return.

Green tint


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Stephen Lewis , May 07, 2009; 10:04 a.m.

Try adjusting your white balance.

Akira Sakamoto , May 07, 2009; 10:32 a.m.

On my LCD monitor (not calibrated), the green tint you mention is hardly detectable.

What lightings do you have on the ceiling? Even if the bounced flash was the main light source, the existing light could affect the color balance to some extent. Fluorescent lights can add greenish tinge especially when the camera detects the functioning SB600 and automatically adjusts the WB accordingly.

Another possibility may be that the baby in this particular picture is surrounded by lots of green things which might have reflected to the baby's pretty face.

Did your D80 really have no problem under exactly the same condition? There can also be slightest difference of WB tunings between D80 and D90.

David Bookbinder , May 07, 2009; 10:49 a.m.

I can't see the tint on the parts of the baby that are not being partially illuminated by light reflecting off the green and yellow and orange toys. Try shooting a gray card using your current setup and see if it's not quite gray. If not, then either make an adjustment to the white balance of the flash setting preset to make it warmer or colder, until shooting a gray card gives you proper results, or do a white balance preset of the scenes you are shooting using the same gray card (which is the surest way to get good white balance in tricky or mixed lighting).

Jason Richardson , May 07, 2009; 10:59 a.m.

Stephen, are you suggesting WB on the monitor or the camera?
Pics are taken under regular incandescent lighting.
Funny thing is, now I am seeing this picture on a different computer, and it isn't noticable. But all my D80 pictures were viewed on the same computer and monitor that I see the green D90 pictures. No green on any of the D80 pictures.
I figured this was a bad example due to the color of the toys. I have plenty of other pictures away from colors that show the same tint on the faces. Now that I don't see it on this computer, I assume it is something on the other computer or monitor. But why only the D90 pictures and not the D80 pictures?

Elliot Bernstein , May 07, 2009; 11:03 a.m.

You picture looks perfect on my monitor (also not color calibrated). FWIW I find that bounce flash typically enhances saturation. If you don't like the look, perhaps reducing saturation in your picture controls or when doing post processing will correct the problem for you.

Do the pictures print correctly or do they print looking green as they do on your monitor.

Peter Hamm , May 07, 2009; 11:45 a.m.

Pic looks fine to me, too, on my humble little MacBook internal display.

One thing to know... mixing flash and flouro lights can result in some really nasty stuff...

Terry O Connor , May 07, 2009; 12:03 p.m.

I cant see the green tint youre referring to either. My monitor was calibrated recently using the trusty Spyder Express.

Jason Richardson , May 07, 2009; 12:31 p.m.

Okay, thanks for all the responses. I have not tried printing anything yet. I guess it is some combination of my software and monitor, as I do not see the problem on my work laptop.

Wayne Cornell , May 07, 2009; 12:52 p.m.

My monitor is calibrated and the picture looks good to me. But you have to be careful when bouncing a flash off a ceiling that isn't a neutral color as it can give the image a color cast. Also the flash can't alway neutralize floro lights.

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