Painting ?

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La123's picture
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Painting ?

We are moving at the end of the month, and I'm going to paint the living room of the new place this weekend. It's a big room, and I want to eventually have a little studio set up in there. My question is, if I paint the room a light green colour, will I be fighting green cast's in all of my indoor pictures? Should I stick to white, or something close to white?

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Before I got into photography and before i got my dslr we bought a new house and we painted our living room a light yellowish color. It looks warm and all but I have horrible yellow color casts on my indoor shots Sad If i had known then what i know now I would have gone for something more white.

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To be honest with you, I have no clue. But, I will say I went with a yellow too and HATE it. It gives off a horrible color cast. I shot outside with some kids in green outfits, green grass, and tons of green trees. All my pics have a green cast, and I HATE green cast!

La123's picture
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Thanks ladies for confirming my fears... I guess its just a givin, that if I paint my walls green, there will be a green cast. I'll go with some kind of off white or something.

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I've been wondering the same thing because I'd like to set up to do portraits in my basement if I ever get a speedlight (It's dark.) My basement walls are green.

Does anyone know if putting white sheets or white paper on the walls off which light would bounce would eliminate the color case? I'd like to be able to enjoy colored walls vs. "sterile" white ones when I'm not shooting.

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"Quetzal1" wrote:

I've been wondering the same thing because I'd like to set up to do portraits in my basement if I ever get a speedlight (It's dark.) My basement walls are green.

Does anyone know if putting white sheets or white paper on the walls off which light would bounce would eliminate the color case? I'd like to be able to enjoy colored walls vs. "sterile" white ones when I'm not shooting.

I really don't know if that would work.. I guess you could try it out and see?

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you can bounce the light off foam boards or the like.

I definitely have casts from my colored walls, but the room where I do most of my indoor photography is a sage green. I don't have green casts on anyone when I shoot in there. when I bounce the light, I bounce off the window or use my shoot through umbrella.

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Our walls are a very pale green but the ceilings are white. The color casts really aren't bad at all, but we do have a lot of white wainscoting (sp?).

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I have this light green colour picked out that I really want to use, but I will be soo frustrated if it wrecks my home studio potential. I have to start painting tomorrow, and I still haven't made a choice... I'm still leaning towards the lighter colour, but I would rather the green, if that makes sense. Thats for the input everyone Smile

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I have light green walls in my living room and it isn't bad for colour casts but does tend to make the pics look a little on the cool side. I have yellow in my kitchen & dining room and OMG, what a nightmare for colour casts.

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