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Mar 01, 2012 17:29 |  #1

Everyone has a regiment for setting white balance. Should it be before setting the final f/ and shutter or after? I normally evaluate the scene, set the ISO, W-balance and then set shutter and f/. I would appreciate any feedback!

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Mar 01, 2012 19:55 |  #2

I usually do it after setting everything else. Depending on the FPS (24 or 30 or 60) I typically set the shutter first and lock it down. Then ISO, then you can start playing with other settings for a certain look.


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Mar 04, 2012 22:59 |  #3

Personally i don't think it matters when you set it as long as you set it. The iso, shutter, f/stop does not effect the color balance of your light so before or after makes no difference.


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Mar 05, 2012 10:49 |  #4

I hope you don't mind me chiming in with my own question on the same topic...
I've got a T2I and I usually white balance by turning to Auto/noflash taking a picture on a grey card or white card then change back to video to set the manual white balance with the picture taken in auto.

Is this the wrong method for getting white balance? I've questioned my own process several times but it seems to work...


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Mar 05, 2012 11:21 |  #5

Nothing wrong with that, I don't even bother changing to auto I just take it in video mode




  
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Mar 05, 2012 11:39 as a reply to  @ Sickone's post |  #6

Honestly, as most of my videos are documentary style, I find myself on AWB mode a lot, it does a very good job of nailing the WB on the 5D II.


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Mar 05, 2012 11:59 |  #7

Ah but AWB can cause huge issues. Especially if you're outdoor with cloud cover you're color is going to shift anytime a cloud passes by.

The way to properly set white balance is with a grey card.... or a white card if you don't have a grey card. Or both. Otherwise, just gauge it. If you're shooting daylight balanced lights set it o 5600. Want it a bit cooler or warmer? Go +/- 1-400. Dealing with mixed lighting, go to 4200. Dealing with tungsten go to 3200 and dial it in.


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Mar 05, 2012 12:43 |  #8

Yeah i'm finding that now that i've got Magic Lantern i just go by the kelvin scale and set the white balance to manual but i was just not sure about that whole process.

Yeah the AWB is not for me since i know how much of a headache consistency in color can be in any changing conditions... it's just no fun.

awesome thanks a lot you guys! glad to confirm that i haven't been botching on this.


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Mar 05, 2012 13:10 |  #9

Unless I'm doing video (to which I usually set it to auto) I don't bother setting it at all as I usually have to make changes anyway and I shoot in raw, so it doesn't matter for me.


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Mar 05, 2012 13:12 |  #10

AWB isn't an issue of if it gets the white balance correct or not, it's an issue that it fluctuates if there are any changes in your scene. Fluctuations in your white balance are EXTREMELY difficult to fix. If it's consistently the wrong setting (on manual) that's an easy fix. But if it changes multiple times or varying intervals, good luck.


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Mar 05, 2012 15:27 |  #11

gibsonla wrote in post #14028635 (external link)
AWB isn't an issue of if it gets the white balance correct or not, it's an issue that it fluctuates if there are any changes in your scene. Fluctuations in your white balance are EXTREMELY difficult to fix. If it's consistently the wrong setting (on manual) that's an easy fix. But if it changes multiple times or varying intervals, good luck.

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I avoid AWB unless its indoors where I control all of the light. But its so easy to set that I just pick what I want and forget about it.


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