Originally Posted by stefanocirillo
Honestly the more expensive the camera, the more orange it makes the car look! You literally can only appreciate it in the flesh. You can sort of see the colour here but its so hard to photograph. Anyone have any tips on photography??
The price of the camera has nothing to do with any color shift you might be seeing. Reproducing accurate color is a very complicated discipline and WAY too involved to discuss here. Perfect results are hard to get; however, you can achieve much better results by following a couple of these tips.
First, use the best camera you can find. Hint: Chances are this is NOT hiding inside your telephone or any device which ends in "pod".
Then include a color reference in a test shot taken under the same conditions as the "real " photo; i.e. just before the money shot. You can buy a professional color card, but they're a bit pricy. A satisfactory (but not perfect) reference is a piece of white paper, "photo" printer paper is preferred. Even a white T shirt is better than nothing. You want a neutral color, either white or gray.
Caution: The typical photo exposure reference card is 18% grey and is fine for an exposure reference but it may or may not be neutral in color. So don't be fooled. Unless you know for sure, I'd suggest using an ordinary piece of printer paper.
You can use this neutral card, T shirt, or piece of white paper as a reference to set a "custom white balance" in your camera; read the camera users manual for details. Then use that setting for taking the "real" photo immediately afterwords. Or, if you have any kind of photo software which allows for adjusting white balance, include the white paper in a test shot and use that to adjust the WB (white balance) in both the reference photo and the "real" photo when you're post processing your photographs. As a last resort, use the white part of the license plate to set the WB.
Either setting the WB reference in the camera or adjusting the WB in post processing is WAY better than nothing.
Finally, use the correct "color space" (not the same thing as white balance) for uploading to the web. "Color space" is a very complicated subject not appropriate to discuss here. In short, there is a good chance a dSLR type camera will be using AdobeRGB as a color space. Your photo software should be able to convert from AdobeRGB to sRGB which is the appropriate color space for posting to the web. If you don't upload your photo in sRGB, your photo will almost certainly have an undesirable color shift since many web browsers are not "color aware".
If this is all beyond your capabilities or understanding, try photographing your car with a color-neutral reference and then Email that file along with the "real" photo to anyone who knows something about digital photography. They'll be able to do a decent color correction in a few minutes and Email the file back to you. I'm sure someone here would be glad to do that for you. Any reasonable attempt at color correction is going to be an improvement, especially if you're trying to show off your new paint job. Good luck.