When it comes to your photos and videos your skin tone and color is obviously very important to you.
To get the right tone, and temperature you need to look for, and adjust the white balance setting in your camera. It makes a huge difference in the outcome of the overall color, and feel of your media, especially when it comes to your skin tones. As models, your skin color is paramount to making everything about your photo work, including the appearance of your makeup!
We don’t really think about it when we buy our camera, or our cams. We assume that our gear should work out of the box, and just do what it’s supposed to do.
In a perfect world maybe, but in real life it’s different. Chances are good, if your like most people that the light in your house is a mixture of light bulbs, and each one of those bulbs has a different color light. This creates utter confusion for your camera, and makes it impossible for your auto settings to find the correct white balance. Your white balance will be different if your outside or inside, and it will change depending on what kind of lights are burning. Want to see some funny looking pictures? Shoot your photos under a mix of tungsten and fluorescent lights. Which is often the case in stadiums, and gyms.
Consequently depending on the circumstances, you skin tone will change from photo to photo! Sometimes barely noticeable, and other times very noticeable. It all depends on the light when the picture was taken.
You can adjust your white balance inside the camera to compensate for specific types of lighting. Read your user manual for more info!
There are some easy things that you can do to make sure your skin color, and tone is flawless in every shot.
#1. Get a grey card.
This is an index card that is a perfect 18% grey. Take a picture of the grey card before your shoot. Later when you import your photos, set your white balance according to your grey card photo. Apply the setting to all pictures, and boom. Perfect white balance. No more orange, or green skin. Your welcome.
#2. After the shot.
If you open your picture up in your photo editor and find the temperature and tint settings, you can manually adjust the white balance. Usually there will be some sort of eyedropper, or pixel picker icon, and you then click on something that is supposed to be naturally white in the photo. Your photo will automatically adjust when you do.
#3. Apply adjustments manually.
If you move the temperature slider left, your picture will become more blue, and less yellow. Move it to the right, for more yellow and less blue. Easy right?
Tint. Move it to the right to get less green, and more purple. Move it to the left for more green, and less purple.
By subtle adjustments, you can perfect your white balance by hand. We recommend the grey card, or auto adjustment. It’s much easier!
If you can find a histogram in your editor with the RGB color info , like in Lightroom, or Photoshop then you can look at that info as you make your adjustments. Red yellow and blue should all be lined up, and not out of sync with each other.