- 12-11-2012, 11:45 PM #1
First off, I love the 920, and I'm on my 2nd device. (Bought it on launch day, but was hesitant and returned it to go back to my iPhone 5, and now I'm back.) I'm just curious as to why my photos are coming out like this.
Both of these photos are using the night mode program, one with the focus assist, and one without.
Focus Assist off:
Both images have been sharpened and cropped in Photoshop. Photos that I've taken with the focus assist option turned off seem to have a yellow hue or something added to them, is that normal? Should I be taking photos with that option off? The one without the option on seemed to turn out better of the two.
I'm just curious if I have the wrong settings or what. I got the phone again because I want to be able to take great pictures, with the fix that Nokia is suppose to be releasing, this phone is going to be my favorite, but I want to learn how to better use the camera.
I took this last night as well with the FA option on, and it came out perfect.
I don't get it.
- 12-11-2012, 11:58 PM #7
Those street lights are not daylight color balanced. The auto color temp function can only correct so much. If you want totally neutral color balance you have to white balance with a white piece of paper first. I dont know if the 920 will allow you to color balance to be perfect. Hope that helps.
- 12-12-2012, 12:34 AM #12
First of all, it's perfectly normal. Mine behaves the same. So don't worry.
AF assist light turns off auto color adjustment on the fly. Why? The AF assist light is true white light meaning reflected objects are supposed to show true color. So when camera with AF assist light on sees the yellow street scene due to street lamps, it assumes it's true color and leave it at that.
With AF assist light off, it WILL perform auto color balance (unless you manually changed it in the camera setting). In your case, the yellow cast due to street lighting is properly removed for the most part. In practice, even high end DSLR will leave behind small amount of color cast if it was very strong to begin with.
AF assist light should only be used when your subject is pretty close to the camera such as when taking a photo of nearby person. The street scene above is not one of those because the AF assist light is too weak to illuminate all those distant objects. Here the camera gets misinformation and the end result is that you get undesirable color balance.
Like others said, you can do some color adjustment afterwards using apps like Nokia's Creative Studio. In my experience, Lumia 920 is VERY GOOD in terms of auto white balance. Yesterday this site had a comparison of three cameras and I thought L920 was just as good as the Olympus in terms of color balance.
12-12-2012, 07:16 AM #17
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Spot on. The AF is throwing off your white balance. No biggie... go into Creative Studio and it can be corrected quickly and painlessly.George Ponder
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