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Aug 05, 2012 09:24 |  #1

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Would you guys shoot here with a custom grey card white balance or auto white balance on your camera as the lighting looks pretty rough.

I'l be using 2 off camera flashes.. and two on camera flashes (all of them being 600ex-rt). Camera bodies will be 5D III.

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Aug 05, 2012 17:18 |  #2

I'm assuming you'll be using your four flashes to overpower ambient anyway? So you'll only need to set w/b to flash?

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Aug 05, 2012 18:45 |  #3

It looks like the same problem I have when shooting theatre productions. I can't use flash. The color temperature changes in every scene. I don't have the perfect solution...yet.

I've not used a white balance disc because the lights change so often. I'd be shooting about 25% of the time into the disc.

For now, I usually shoot in incandescent mode and fix in post. Sometimes I keep it on AWB and fix it in post. Either way, you can see the theme...prepare to fix it in post-processing.

Good luck and I'm looking forward to seeing your results and finding out how you attacked the problem at the venue and through post-processing.


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Aug 05, 2012 21:04 |  #4

Do you want to keep some of that ambient lighting? If not, then over power it and don't worry too much about WB. I usually leave mine in AWB at receptions.




  
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Aug 06, 2012 19:01 |  #5

I would keep my off camera lights on very low power. Gel them with CTO and set my cameras to 3400 K. The ambient light is very pretty and I would not want to over power it.


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Aug 07, 2012 10:55 |  #6

In a venue like this, we would use a mixture of camera lighting (overpower the ambient) and no flash at all. We choose which photos we want properly balanced and use the flash. We would also use a lot of ambient here without significant white balace adjustments to properly portray the atmosphere of the event/venue.




  
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Aug 10, 2012 10:21 |  #7

I'd want to get enough flash on people's faces to get nice photos, but slow your shutter just enough to pick up some color.

What WB were you using for that photo? It looks alright for ambient.




  
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Aug 10, 2012 13:53 |  #8

We use AWB pretty much all the time. In that situation, I'd try natural until I found myself underexposing at 6400, and then I'd consider flash. Brenda would have the flash out from the get go, I imagine.


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Aug 10, 2012 16:02 |  #9

^ You say that you would try shooting ambient. but if you shoot purely ambient then isn't it possible (likely) that the color of light filling the room will be the color of light landing on your subject's face ? If that is the case then when you go to correct so that the face isn't, say, fluorescent magenta (!), won't you be almost completely sucking the color out of the background as well ? This obviously isn't true if there are different colored lights in different portions of the room--and that may well be the case here. I've just always found that when I wanted to preserve the color aspect of the atmosphere of the room the way to do it was to (under)expose for that background (dropping it a stop or so to get richer colors) and then to add flash to expose the subject in front of me.



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