I am so frustrated. I played with that photo for an hour using the guide that I had posted. No luck. I just can't trust that that is correct.
I put it back to the factory settings, and that is definitely way off. There's no way that the world is that blue.
I started to play with a different pose of that same little girl (our friend's daughter), and I played with that for a long time before I just gave up. I'm coming back to it, but I need a break. My eyes are playing tricks on me now, and my children are whining.
I'll come back to it, though.
Thank you, thank you. I'm trusting that the Spyder is giving me the best results, at least, between the two calibration systems. The mac calibration (and factory settings- they seem to be the exact same profile) definitely does not show magenta on top and yellow on bottom.
~ jess ~
I agree about the colors looking both off too. But the photo is beautiful! I hope you can figure it out easily.
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Am I targeting the incorrect portion of her face? Should I be targeting the shadows? Ugh.
~ jess ~
Well, I know that you need to be aware of the brightest part of the face so you don't blow it. So I would check off the cheeks. As far as general processing of the image, I'm not sure. I'm on my phone right now. So it's hard to tell what it looks like being so small. I can look later on the computer if no one else says anything in the mean time.
Try this technique for calibration Calibrating your Mac or laptop screen with the Spyder4Express
I know it is spyder4 I am assuming it is somewhat still the same.
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Just chug-chug-chugging along.
Also, I am viewing your second picture on uncalibrated computer and it is still looking yellow.
There are several problems with the histogram of this photo that need attention before you even think about color. The blacks are WAY off. I hope you don't mind, but I pulled it into photoshop to do a basic clean edit on it. The blacks were the first thing I fixed and that improved things a TON. Then I was able to do a color balance to get rid of the extra red in the photo.
There appears to have been some blowing in maybe the red channel of the original photo....hard to tell, but there is some banding in the skin that indicates there may have been a problem with clipping. Did you try to recover blown skin? If so, I'd give it another attempt. Hopefully you have this image in RAW so that you can save it.
Because of the blotchy color on the skin it's really hard to get a good clean edit. Here is a before and after to try and compare. Rather than try to check your color by editing...it's better to take a photo that you know has good color already and see which calibration it looks better with. There are a couple of good color checking photos out there. This is the photo I use:
Here is the before and after of your photo....it's uploaded in private mode to my flickr. Will gladly take down at your request.
Untitled-1 by amberbella, on Flickr
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