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Offline searchlight

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Sony a700 Oversaturation of Greens and Reds
« on: June 17, 2014, 09:16:58 PM »
Just acquired a used a700, and have been taking JPEG photos of landscapes strictly set on the Landscape setting alone using the Function dial. I like JPEGS to save time in pp.

I noticed that the photos were good but the greens seem to be overemphasized or oversaturated.

I then took some photos of a red car near my home, and found that the red was translated more towards orange on this setting. I read a review that stated that this camera has a tendency to shift reds slightly towards orange.

I read a suggestion somewhere to turn DRO off and shoot in either P, A, S, or M for more realism and natural colors using the Standard or Vivid Creative Mode. Turned DRO off, and took some of the same shots of the red car, and some of my green lawn, using Aperture Priority and Vivid mode, and the colors appeared to be more realistic or truthful to what I was seeing in the viewfinder. Even in the Standard mode.

It seems that DRO is biased when interpreting colors in the Landscape mode.

Have any of you experienced the same situation? What settings have you used for more natural and realistic colors with sharpness?

Suggestions are appreciated being an a700 newbie.

« Last Edit: June 17, 2014, 09:36:04 PM by searchlight »

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Re: Sony a700 Oversaturation of Greens and Reds
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2014, 10:13:16 PM »
Two questions and one suggestion Marc.
What is your white balance set to?
For most occasions (except sunrise and set) I would use auto white balance.
You have not by any chance gotten one of the vivid settings selected?

Shoot raw or jpeg plus raw and you can produce what you saw rather than what the camera captured in front of your computer.
I wish now that I had raw from my first digital years as I can do so much more with it than the jpegs.......john
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Re: Sony a700 Oversaturation of Greens and Reds
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2014, 11:39:12 PM »
White Balance is set to AWB.

I noticed an improvement in my JPEGs when DRO was turned off, and the camera was set to Vivid or Standard Creative setting.

I feel the DRO is biased but of course in a quick hurry it is great if one wants full automation.

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Re: Sony a700 Oversaturation of Greens and Reds
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2014, 05:13:11 AM »
Ok I have experimented more with the settings.

Here are the links in order:

    https://flic.kr/p/o427He

The Orange Color in Standard Mode

    https://flic.kr/p/o66BAr

Vivid Mode

    https://flic.kr/p/o66BAr

Vivid Mode Sat -1

    https://flic.kr/p/nLQTbg

Vivid Mode Sat -2

    https://flic.kr/p/nLQdcf

Vivid Mode Sat -3

AWB is on, ISO 100, Aperture Priority F/11, DR0 Off, Sharpness +1 for each, JPEGS.

I just do not understand why the camera has problem with the Red until I turn on Vivid Mode. The car is definitely red.