07/15/09 293 W, 1 I - + 8 - 11 Cameras and Colors

Earlier this week, Lee Wilson and Mike Legeros posted their photos from Friday's apparatus accident in downtown Raleigh. They shot the scene soup-to-nuts, from all sides, from every angle, and for the duration of the incident. Lee arrived shortly after Ladder 4 overturned and stayed on scene until the tractor and its trailer was towed away. Mike was present for a portion of the recovery, starting about 90 minutes into the incident.

See Lee's photos and see Mike's photos, if you haven't already. Now, notice anything interesting? The colors are a bit different between the two sets. Lee's photos have more saturation or perhaps more punch; Mike's photos have a more muted palette. Open both sets side-by-side and the differences are easily spotted. Heck, longtime fans have probably already noticed this in earlier photos.

Lee Wilson / Mike Legeros photos

What's happening? It's probably, simply, a Nikon versus Canon thing. Lee shoots with a Nikon D60 (primary) and a Nikon D50 (secondary), both digital SLR cameras. Mike has a pair of Canon Rebel XT cameras, also digital SLR. Lee shoots in JPEG, since you asked. Mike shoots in RAW.

Searching the forums of the great Digital Photography Review site finds ample discussion on the subject of Nikon versus Canon colors. And more than a few users have noticed similar differences in colors or color saturation. And most of them add "it doesn't matter" as digital photos can be colored any way you want. That's why we perform post-processing.

So, what were the true colors that day? That's a whole 'nother discussion of what the eye see versus the camera sensor captures, including the varied lighting that day, the white balance settings on the camera, and some other stuff.

I just bought a SLR camera yesterday (Sony A200) and have been trying to learn a little bit. I thought I was already confused, now I’m thoroughly confused! I just want to be like Mike and Lee when I grow up, thats all!
Rhodes (Email) - 07/16/09 - 07:17

Taking pictures is easy! Just point and press the button! It’s looking at the photos later that’s the tough one…
Legeros - 07/17/09 - 05:57

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