Get the Ugly Yellow Color Out of Your Interior Photos

Services for Real Estate Pros with Evers & Co.

Have you ever wondered why the photos you take come out yellow?  This yellow comes from the ambient light given off by light bulbs.  There are ways to fix this. First increase your ASA or ISO on your camera to 800-1000. This raises the light sensitivity of the camera allowing for a faster exposure time, letting the flash do its work and not the surrounding lights. (This also allows everything to be in focus) The second way is to go to a camera store and buy a blue gel. Put that over your flash when this yellow problem occurs and shoot normally.  Blue is the opposite of yellow thus neutralizes the ambient yellow and you have a clean color shot.  The third option is in Photoshop. Using color balance - adding in cyan and blue (this takes out red and yellow their opposites) then going to hue and saturation - editing the yellow - desaturate and then lighten. There are other ways but this seemed the best to get across fast. You will get very close to the way it should have looked with the correct ASA.

Yellow out

Comments (6)

Lee Jinks
Jinks Realty - McAllen, TX

Bryce Mohan recently wrote a blog on this subject.  I would recommend you read it along with Piers' great suggestions.

Jun 05, 2008 06:02 AM
Gene Allen
Fathom Realty - Cary, NC
Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate

I would think you could set the white balance for the type light in the house but this way might be quicker if you don't have to change the white balance.

Jun 05, 2008 10:01 AM
Joshua Espiritu
Real Estate America - Elk Grove, CA

Setting the WB before you shoot would be ideal. You can also buy a gray card to meter off :)

Jun 05, 2008 10:27 AM
Piers Lamb
Evers & Co. - Friendship Heights, DC

I do not touch WB, nor a gray card, this is the one stop way to get clean whites without the second step.

Jun 05, 2008 10:55 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Piers, what I love about this post is that you've written it so simply that the most tech-impaired real estate agent can read it and figure out how to do it!

Jun 05, 2008 07:11 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Piers:   Great advice. Some of these I'd never heard of, but I'm glad I have now! 

Jun 06, 2008 04:04 AM