Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/09/02

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Subject: [Leica] Skin tone - film vs. digital (not a debate)
From: scott at (Scott McLoughlin)
Date: Sat Sep 2 17:46:24 2006

I've been shooting with a D70 and now a D200.

I find that skin tones with film have a certain opaque
quality, and a lean toward beige, that I like. I've never
personally shot Kodachrome, but as a viewer, I see
these qualities playing out in force.

By comparison, my DSLRs seem to render skin tones
with a kind of transparency and pinkness.

So I find myself in color correction mode quite frequently,
tweaking skin tones toward yellow on the color cube (I use

Any clue as to the causes of this discrepancy? I don't mean
to start a debate. The DSLR may well be more "true to life"
for all I know.  But I don't like it.

Might this be a quality unique to Nikon DSLRs?

Even better, any ideas how I might do something in camera
so that I'm not goofing with color correction all the time?



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