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4th of May 2010 (Tue), 19:16
Sorry for a silly question. I am going to arizona and want to shoot some red lanscape and the rocks.
I got a CPL and zoom 17-40 coming up soon.But do I need to get the whilbal card for white balance ?
or do I just use the auto WB in the camera canon 5dm2
Thanks for sharing your insight
4th of May 2010 (Tue), 22:34
I have one that is always in my bag so it's there when I need it. I usually need it only for early morning or after sunset shots because that light makes objects look off-color.
5th of May 2010 (Wed), 01:23
Just get piece of white paper. It's much cheaper then dedicated gray card, and it's much easier to obtain :) Even if you lose it somewhere, it's no problem to get it in second. And it works just as good as gray card or any other fancy WB gadget.
5th of May 2010 (Wed), 07:39
Shoot in RAW and set your WB in PP. That allows you to set it for the best photograph and not necessarily the "correct" WB.
One problem of using a WB device of any sort is that it should be in the lighting of the subject. This means that using a WB card/grey card at arms length will quite probably render a different WB to the actual scene.
5th of May 2010 (Wed), 11:30
But do I need to get the whilbal card for white balance ?
I have one, but usually forget to use it. If you shoot RAW & use Lightroom it is usuall easy to find a neutral color to set a custom WB. Not sure about doing same with other PP software.
I bought my Whibal card before Lightroom was around. Today I probably would not buy.
7th of May 2010 (Fri), 13:47
I live in Red Rock Country (Sedona, AZ) and never bother with white balance. Bridge and Photoshop work very nicely for this. Besides, the light changes so quickly around here it's not worth the bother.
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