Dustin Mustangs wrote in post #14839527
This is also an issue under a single lighting condition when using Auto WB because the 'as shot' value will wander throughout the shoot. Maybe others have better luck or are less picky, but for me this can be a big time waster in post. Much more than say doing it the right way and shooting a neutral target and setting a custom white balance before I get started. .
I agree entirely. Once you've done the in-camera custom white balance a few times, you'll realize that it only takes a very small amount of time. My exposure target/gray car is always in my camera bag (except when it was in my wife's video camera bag a couple of weeks ago, GGGRRRRRRRRRRRR)
AWB drives me nuts in challenging lighting situations. I'd rather have everything wrong in exactly the same way, than have everything almost-but-not-quite right in a slightly different way in every photo.
Neslorm wrote in post #14839777
Thanks everyone! I'm going to shoot an indoor event. I will not be able to get up on the stage to photograph a card. It also won't be possible to have anyone hold the card in the light on the stage to photograph them. If you were me, how would you proceed?
Is the lighting changing during the show, or lots of different colors? You may have to adjust each one individually.
Look for something that's close to neutral on one of the people on stage (white or gray) and use the eyedropper in post to select it. If you used high ISO then the noise may make trouble for you, so you might have to try a few different selections to find one that works. As mentioned above, find a place to select where none of the channels are clipped (I think LR4 gives an error message if you click an area that's clipping). If the lighting didn't change over the course of the show, then apply that same WB to the rest of the set. (Lightroom makes this very easy)
Colored stage lighting can make a mess of things, especially colored spotlights. For instance, if your subject is lit with a green spotlight, you won't be able to get a clean, correct skin tone. In cases like this, I try to get it about halfway right - get as close as you can to "technically correct" then slide the sliders 1/3 to 1/2 way back to where they were. This lets you capture the feel of the colored lights that were part of the show.
Or, do a B&W conversion.
Or, just leave it colored like it was.