color galore

Let's talk color. It's Spring!

There's a lot of different ways to change the color in a digital photo, but all settings being semi-equal, straight of of camera, different brands seem to process color differently. (I'm talking about shooting JPEG, not Raw, where the camera does the processing for you.)

It used to be, you chose your film based on which colors you liked more (you can find out more about that in the awesome book/ workshop Film Is Not Dead and also here), but now that the majority of people are shooting digital (and mostly JPEG and not Raw), we get the color our camera decides is right, unless we pick a specific filter.

(Most cameras that have come out in the past year have an almost instagram array of photo filters. This kind of blows my mind.)

When I first bought my digital SLR, I did my whole "research, research, research, test out, research more and then buy" thing. One thing I realized quickly during the test out phase was that I didn't like the straight-out-of-camera Canon colors. They didn't pop (for me). Nikon did, but I wanted the flexibility of shooting older lenses, so I went with Sony, which actually makes a lot of the Nikon sensors. (So, they seem to process color similarly.)

But then I needed a new traveling camera. And the Fuji X10 came home with me. A Fuji takes a totally different approach to color, letting you choose between different styles of their classic films. (Provia, velvia etc...). The default is Provia.

And - can you tell in that collage above? The colors are different with the X10 (slightly more pastel, in general). It takes getting used to, but I think I like it.

The first four images in the collage, right to left, row by row, are Fuji X10. The rest are my Sony a580. I actually labeled them with tiny text, so I wouldn't get confused while I was setting up the collage, but it is pretty clear to me which is which. Then again, I won my copy of Film Is Not Dead by being able to tell the difference between digital and film images. I have a detail oriented eye. Maybe you can't tell. That's ok. It only matters to me because I want to know what my photos are going to look like while I'm shooting them.

[No, all things are not equal in these shots above, the settings are totally different. I almost always shoot my DSLR in aperture priority, but so far I'm finding that the X10 works best in EXR auto. Apparently, there's a lot of figuring out needed with this camera. Which is kind of fun and kind of annoying.]

Since I know not everyone likes this techy posts (hi mom!), here's some more pretty flower photos for you.
Dogwood, all shot with my a580 yesterday:

Despite my allergies (which hit me with a a fun asthma attack yesterday during/ after my photo walk), I love spring SO DAMN MUCH.