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Question on white balance adjustment

 
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Nov 21, 2011 18:01 |  #1

Today I went with a friend for some interior building shots. His camera is a nikon D300. He chose to use live view for the shots and I noticed he could dial in degrees kelvin and you could see the white balance change as he adjusted in the live view display. A very useful feature.
As far as I can tell, I cannot do this with my 40D. Is there a Canon model with this feature?
Thanks for your reply, Ken




  
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Nov 21, 2011 18:06 |  #2

Sure you can--It's the last option in your white balance menu.

Select K and move the wheel behind the shutter release button.


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Nov 21, 2011 18:12 |  #3

Thanks, that was quick. I did try that but as soon as you hit the menue button the mirror closes and you can no longer see the image on the display from live view. His live view image actually stays on screen while he adjusts white balance.




  
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Nov 21, 2011 19:04 |  #4

I know the Canon 60D does this. Live view, press Q for quick menu, move to White Balance and press Set for menu, pick K and dial in a color temp using the top dial. The image changes as you change the WB. Note you have to use the Q quick-menu. If you go to the main menu, the image goes away, of course.




  
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Nov 21, 2011 19:12 |  #5

Thanks lar55, That is exactly what I wanted to know. That seemed to be very useful for that type of photography.




  
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Nov 21, 2011 20:07 |  #6

To follow up, I don't have a lot of experience with it, but I think would rather use a white card and "Custom" white balance (awkward as it is with the EOS - why can't Canon make it work like on PowerShots?) where possible. I'm not sure I would be able to visually pick the correct white balance using the LCD and live view. Is the LCD itself color-balanced, I wonder?

But it is still a nice feature.




  
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Nov 22, 2011 02:36 |  #7

Look into getting a Lally Cap... works great for me.
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Nov 22, 2011 02:41 |  #8

halffastjohn wrote in post #13434337 (external link)
Look into getting a Lally Cap... works great for me.
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Things like that must be used with the camera aimed at the light source. That is not always as convenient as one would hope it would be. A simple gray card is far more versatile and, typically, much less expensive than devices that fasten to one's lens.


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Nov 22, 2011 02:49 as a reply to  @ SkipD's post |  #9

Granted it is a bit on the costly side but has been very effective in my usage.


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Nov 22, 2011 03:03 |  #10

Although it is true that the Live View changes according to the WB set, including temperature settings, it really has very little practical value. The LCD screen is not color managed and the chances against it matching your monitor are a million to one. If you are shooting jpgs, you are likely to want to tweak the colors, although you will be limited in your ability to do so, and if you shoot RAW you will be applying WB for the first time while sitting before your computer (the camera setting you saw reflected in the LV is only a suggestion), so trying to get it exactly right on the camera LCD is a waste of time.


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