When I've photographed my dogs lately, their fur comes out with spots of pink tint. It's in both the RAW file and the edited Lightroom file. Any suggestions? I use a Canon Rebel t6i and it's 6 months old. If you zoom in on this pic, you'll see what I mean.

pink dog fur

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    I see some areas that have a slight red cast above the hind knee and behind the foreleg, but nothing that looks unnatural. It might help if you add arrows to indicate the areas you're concerned about. – Caleb Sep 4 '16 at 3:56
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    It would also help if we could see 100% crops of the affected areas. – Michael C Sep 4 '16 at 5:12
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    What, exactly, is the "RAW file" within the context of the way it looks? All raw data must be converted to be in a viewable format. Neither the lcd on the back of your camera nor your computer screen shows you a "raw file'. It shows one particular interpretation of the raw data converted to display on your screen. – Michael C Sep 4 '16 at 5:44
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    What was used to convert the raw file to the jpeg you uploaded? How was color temperature/white balance set? What were the compression settings? What ISO was set? What aperture? Shutter time? What lens was used? The pink/purple tint is in all of the image, it is just a little more noticeable on the dog's fur. – Michael C Sep 5 '16 at 1:27
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    The white balance has an overall magenta cast as well. – Michael C Sep 5 '16 at 12:16

This is a complement to @Caleb's answer. You mentioned pink spots, so that is an apropiate answer.

I must say that I do not see the distortion you are mentioning.

If you have an overall "pink" cast (which technically it would be magenta) could be due a white balance issue.

Either the camera is trying to compensate some other color like the blue of the reflection or you somehow you moved a special setting on your camera. (I'll try to post a screen capture later).

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If you zoom in on this pic, you'll see what I mean.

While there are some areas in the fur that do look a little more red than others, there's nothing that looks unnatural, at least at the resolution available to us. It would help if you'd post additional images, especially with some indication of where you think the problem spots are so that we can make sure that we're on the same page.

Any suggestions?

If there's a problem, it could be anything from lens flare to some kind of lens aberration to a damaged sensor. Try to diagnose the problem by finding reproducible cases and identifying the conditions that affect the problem.

I'd start by trying to reproduce the problem at various focal lengths. Assuming you have the 18-55mm kit lens, shoot at 18mm, at 55mm, and at several focal lengths in between. See if the tinting happens at all focal lengths or just some. You should also vary the aperture setting at each focal length. For most lenses, problems like chromatic aberration are most noticeable at the extremes – the shortest and longest focal lengths and the largest and smallest aperture settings. If stopping down a bit and/or using a middle-of-the-range focal length eliminates the tint, you're on the right track.

Try shooting with a lens hood. It doesn't have to be a proper hood -- you can tape a black construction paper collar around the lens. Lens flare is caused by light bouncing around inside the lens and eventually hitting the sensor. It can manifest in surprising ways, but blocking light entering the lens from extreme angles (as a lens hood does) can cut down on it. If this solves the problem, just buy a proper hood if you don't have one already and use it when there's strong light from the side. Aftermarket lens hoods are readily available and are frequently very affordable.

Assuming the spots remain in all photos, try to get the spots to appear in photos of things other than your dogs. Shoot an evenly lit white wall. Shoot the sky with the sun at your back. Shoot your dogs in other lighting conditions. If the tint pops up everywhere, no matter what you're shooting, then you'd start to suspect a problem with the sensor.

Next, try a different lens. If the pink tinting fails to happen with the second lens (make sure that you take similar images with both lenses), then you know that the original lens is the problem. If the tinting continues to happen, it's possible that both lenses suffer from the same issue. Ideally, you should try a different lens model, but one that has a similar focal length.

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If you zoom in on this pic, you'll see what I mean.

I zoomed in and looked at various areas of the picture. The magenta/purple spots are everywhere. They're just more noticeable on certain areas of the dog's fur where the color is a greatest difference to the color of the magenta color splotches. Here's the lower right corner of the image:
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And the upper left corner:
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Without knowing the specifics of the photo linked above in the question (i.e. ISO, WB setting, how it was processed and by what application(s) using what specific settings) it is difficult to say for sure what caused the magenta color splotches but based on the very little information provided in the question here is what appears to be going on to my eyes as someone who has been shooting Canon digital cameras for over a decade and color film for over 4 decades:

  • The color temperature and white balance are wrong. In the film days if one used a color film balanced to be used under fluorescent lighting (or processed a daylight film as if it had been shot under fluorescent light, or used a compensating filter for fluorescent lighting when shooting under daylight conditions) outside in daylight the color would look very similar to the color cast in this photo. With digital cameras, when a scene doesn't have very much true white for the camera to work with the AWB setting will often struggle and guess incorrectly. Sometimes by a significant margin. For a very extreme example, please see this answer to this question: Blown out blue/red light making photos look out of focus.
  • The color temperature in the photo is leaning heavily towards blue. It appears to have been shot with the sun fairly high in the sky when the sun is brightest and has a higher (bluer/whiter) color temperature than shortly after sunrise or just before sunset when it is lower (more golden/amber). The color temperature should be set in the raw conversion application to a higher value to compensate for the color of the light in the scene.

  • There's a very heavy magenta cast in the photo. The hue adjustment on a raw convertor should be used to change the bias towards the green end of the magenta <--> green axis. Again, this is to compensate for the color of the sun's light when it is high above the horizon.

  • Some types of chrominance noise will often manifest itself with color blotches such as what we can see in the example photo. Those color blotches are very often red, magenta, or purple if the color temperature is as described above. Increasing the chrominance component of the noise reduction tool in your raw conversion application can go a long way to reducing such color splotches. If the photo was taken at a relatively high ISO setting, the reduced shutter time/overall exposure will increase the chances of such types of chrominance noise.

  • There seems to be a lot of compression in the photo as posted in the question. Perhaps it came from the settings when the raw data was converted to jpeg, or perhaps it was added when the image was uploaded. Whatever its source, the compression seems to exacerbate the magenta splotches in the photo. Notice that the color cast seems to be worse in the blocks that seem to be more compressed than adjacent blocks that are not as compressed.
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Even the white/grey pixels in the watermark in the lower left corner are affected. This is almost certainly an artifact from the jpeg compression.

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I used to get the same aberrations on my Canon 20D, and would get the discoloration in images that had both high contrast and high detail (like your sample).

In Lightroom you can use the selective color adjustments to change the saturation and tonality of the pink/purp. (screenshot: http://imgur.com/a/H7dlh).

Also look at the defringing and chromatic aberration checkbox under Lens corrections. It isn't a normal CA, per se, but it will help minimize the pink/purp tones.

I would give Canon support a call.

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    Not sure why she should give Canon support a call... What exactly are they going to do for her in this context? – John Cavan Sep 5 '16 at 1:50
  • This appears to be more of a postprocessing/WB/chrominance noise issue. Without more info from the OP it is hard to pin down, though. – Michael C Sep 5 '16 at 1:59
  • @John Cavan --this is a sensor issue. 12 years ago it would have been (barely) acceptable, but not today. – opus13 Sep 5 '16 at 2:35
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    Sorry, not convinced that there is a sensor issue here. – John Cavan Sep 5 '16 at 2:37
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    Also, you don't actually explain in your answer why she should call Canon. Your preceding paragraphs talks solution to the issue and then, without any context as to what is causing it, you tell her to call Canon. So, you haven't really addressed the question at all, except in a comment, and even then you don't explain why it is a sensor issue. The question isn't how to fix it, it's what is causing it. – John Cavan Sep 5 '16 at 3:31

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