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Nov 08, 2012 07:15 |  #1

I want to be able to take a picture and change the WB so I can physically see the different results as I'm scrolling through WB settings. Is this possible? Currently, I take a shot, adjust the WB, and take another shot to see the difference.




  
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Nov 08, 2012 07:21 |  #2

ganginwood wrote in post #15221496 (external link)
I want to be able to take a picture and change the WB so I can physically see the different results as I'm scrolling through WB settings. Is this possible? Currently, I take a shot, adjust the WB, and take another shot to see the difference.

Hi gangin - that would be a wonderful feature, but I'm not sure I've seen that on any camera. I only have the 5Dc. I believe the only way to do that would be time consuming and tedious: set the desired WB and take a picture; set another WB and take a picture, etc.

The other alternative which is not practical for field use, is to shoot the picture in RAW and go back to your PC/Mac, and using ACR adjust the slider to see all the different WB and color temp settings. This has precision, but you are no longer in the field taking pictures.


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Nov 08, 2012 07:21 |  #3

If you asking if you can change the WB on the camera after the shot it taken then no, you can't.

I would suggest shooting AWB and adjust in LR or Photoshop to suit.

Otherwise, try shooting tethered so you can see the difference on a large screen.

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Nov 08, 2012 09:29 |  #4

I'm came over from Pextax. On my K5 I could snap a pic, select WB and the image would change on the screen so I could see the effect of each WB setting. It would not change the image itself, but I would be able to see the result for future shots. that's what I'm looking to do.

So then how would I choose a custom WB in the field if need be? Would I have to keep shooting until I dialed it in?




  
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Nov 08, 2012 10:24 |  #5

A technique that I sometimes use is while shooting to switch into liveview and scroll through the kelvin adjustments and then switch back to using the viewfinder once I find a setting that I like.


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Nov 08, 2012 13:44 |  #6

that's what I'm looking for. Thanks Ramon.




  
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Nov 08, 2012 16:53 |  #7

sapearl wrote in post #15221505 (external link)
Hi gangin - that would be a wonderful feature, but I'm not sure I've seen that on any camera. I only have the 5Dc. I believe the only way to do that would be time consuming and tedious: set the desired WB and take a picture; set another WB and take a picture, etc.

The other alternative which is not practical for field use, is to shoot the picture in RAW and go back to your PC/Mac, and using ACR adjust the slider to see all the different WB and color temp settings. This has precision, but you are no longer in the field taking pictures.

Why is this not practical? If all the day's shots are in Raw, any WB you want can be applied afterwards. You can even make multiple versions of the same shot with different WBs or one version with different WBs in different parts of the scene, different WBs for sunlit and shaded areas. Shooting Raw in the field is in fact, as thousands of Raw shooters will testify, the most practical alternative, because the application of WB is part of the process of making a jpg. Doing it in camera you get one shot at it, doing it in a computer you can try endless settings because nothing is final until you hit the Convert/Export button.


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Nov 08, 2012 17:07 |  #8

As Tzalman says, just shoot raw and sort it out later. Most PP apps let you do batch processing so if you want to do a number of shots at once, the time in PP to do so is minimal.

Shooting raw has so many other advantages too. I can't see any good reason to shoot jpgs on a 5dii - unless continuous max shooting rate or lack of storage is a concern. In the former case, you need a 7d, in the latter, you just need to spend a bit on memory cards and hard disks!


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Nov 09, 2012 06:49 |  #9

This isn't a RAW vs Jpeg thread....I was just looking for an option. I don't want to do more PP and I shoot Jpeg for sports, particularly if I have 1000 images. I do chimp, and like to see how the color renders during the shoot.

Live view is an option but for studio work it won't show me the result with flash. Regardless....this isn't life changing...just an inconvenience.

Thanks for the responses.




  
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ganginwood wrote in post #15221496 (external link)
I want to be able to take a picture and change the WB so I can physically see the different results as I'm scrolling through WB settings. Is this possible? Currently, I take a shot, adjust the WB, and take another shot to see the difference.

This is what PhotoShop is for.
I do this all the time in Camera Raw
and can see no value of doing it at time of taking the picture.


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Nov 09, 2012 08:06 |  #11

Not sure what camera you are using but something similar is available in the 60D in the form of in-camera processing. With the 60D a RAW image file can be processed in the camera using simple menu commands in the camera’s Playback menu. You can quickly select a RAW image and apply various processing variables and get a new JPEG image (the original RAW file is unaffected) and you can then save the new JPEG to the memory card in various size formats. The processing variables are extensive, like a dozen as I recall, and include most of those available in the DPP software. I know positively that you can change the white balance as I've used the technique for adjusting some flower macros to be "true" to the original.

Added comment, I notice by the thread header that you are using a 5DMKII. The 60D was the first (I believe) Canon DSLR to offer extensive in-camera post processing of RAW images. Maybe the 5DMkIII offers it as well?




  
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Nov 09, 2012 08:36 as a reply to  @ John from PA's post |  #12

When you do that kind of RAW processing in camera (I have a 7D), you can immediately see the result of a WB change, without actually having to save a new jpeg.


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Nov 09, 2012 09:00 as a reply to  @ apersson850's post |  #13

One Possible Solution:

-Download and install magic lantern.
-Go to live view and adjust WB. ML software will allow you to simultaneously adjust WB and view your subject so you don't have to play the guess and check game.




  
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Nov 09, 2012 09:29 as a reply to  @ Kylemorgan88's post |  #14

I just tried the same thing. My 7D allows me to do that without any additional software than what's in there from the beginning.


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