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Taking pics and plants get another color

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I have a HP R707 5.1MP and i can take nice pics with it even with all in auto mode since im a complete disaster on photography.

Happens that everytime i try to take a pic to any of my tanks the upper leaves (wich obviously get more light) always appear yellow on pic; but they are green. Lower leaves appear with their normal color.

I have 216W hood with PC´s and T5 for a 53 gal tank (dunno if this will help or not).

Any recomendation, so i can take a pic and plants show the color they have ?

PS: the camera has tons of options available; i have tried to play around with it but no sucess at all (EV Compensation, White balance, ISO speed, AE metering, Adaptive Lighting, Color, Saturation, Sharpness, Contrast, AE Bracketing). I tried to mix all of this but heck.. always yellow leaves lol

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If the bottom of the plants are coming out ok then white balance may be better than you think. It may simply be an overexposure problem such as in this badly exposed photo of mine:

Try playing around with shutter speed and aperture and always try to underexpose your photos rather than overexposing them. A lot can be done with an underexposed photo but unfortunately very little can be done with an over exposed one.

For white balance I use a piece of white piece of plastic, anything white will work. If your camera can use stored images for custom white balance settings, you can store the white sample photo for later use, this way you can quickly set the white balance to any tank without having to retake the white frame. I have a small memory card just for this purpose and I store white balance frames for each of my tanks on it. But not all cameras work this way, some don't use stored images to set white balance meaning you have to set it each time.

Hope that helps
Giancarlo Podio
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