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POLL: "When do you set white balance."
I shoot RAW and worry about it in P.P.
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I shoot RAW but try to get it right in camera at the shoot.
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I shoot JPEG and try to get it right in camera
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I just leave it on Auto and take what the camera gives me.
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White Balance - and when to worry about it?

 
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Mar 16, 2013 11:53 |  #16

I like to "expose to the right" as often as possible, using custom WB makes it a lot easier to get a good dynamic range without blowing any one channel, which is usually that pesky red.


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Mar 16, 2013 13:15 |  #17

I shoot in RAW, do my best not to minimize white balance differences with multiple lighting sources (set ambient to cool so when combined with flash I can bring them back with universal controls and have them matching).

With fluorescent, mercury vapor, etc. I use a white piece of paper, business card etc to set a custom WB in camera so i've got a fixed reference point, then shoot everything, go into LR4 and have the software auto WB off of that, then out of those maybe 10% of my final images need minor WB tweaks. I've found just going with AWB in camera is far too in consistent, and will produce different values when LR4 does auto, than if I get it close and have LR4 go auto.

It's what's worked with the most success for me....I've got no clue how technically valid it is, but finding good comprehensive tutorials has been a difficult task so far.


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Mar 16, 2013 14:15 |  #18

Shoot RAW and worry about it later in PP. I have to worry about ISO, Aperture, and shutter so WB is kinda in my mind but in the back of it.


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Mar 16, 2013 18:16 as a reply to  @ RHChan84's post |  #19

I don't shoot RAW anymore. Its Jpeg. I rely on AWB or cloudy WB for my pictures and they pop way better than any of my processed RAW images. Canon's newer JPEGS are so good.


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Mar 16, 2013 18:24 |  #20

Choice #1 here...

The technically correct WB is hardly ever the right WB for a given scene.


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Mar 16, 2013 18:34 |  #21

KeyserSoze1 wrote in post #15722449 (external link)
I don't shoot RAW anymore. Its Jpeg. I rely on AWB or cloudy WB for my pictures and they pop way better than any of my processed RAW images.

With is almost certainly indicative of your PP skills, rather than any inherent superiority of jpeg vs raw. It is always possible to process a raw file to produce a jpeg identical to what the camera would have produced at the time of shooting. Unless the shooting parameters were exactly optimal it is always possible to process a raw file to produce an jpeg superior to what the camera would have produced (although the difference may be minor).


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Mar 16, 2013 20:52 |  #22

My preference is this-I always use 5500K for outdoor shots because I like the effect of using a fixed Kelvin balance like the old slide films-color corrected shots made near sunrise or sunset do not look right to me. For indoors, I try to make the WB look as close as possible, and if the lighting has too many sources for a good mix, I convert to black and white.


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Mar 16, 2013 20:57 |  #23

hollis_f wrote in post #15720784 (external link)
I never bother with a WB card. All that will give you is the accurate WB, which is rarely the correct WB.


I used to use a 18% grey card and noticed the same thing, it was correct to 18% grey but not to what I saw in person. So I had to tweak the WB after setting it to the card anyways. Seem kinda useless after a while, maybe i just had a bad card or something. Cant afford one of those multi colored cards yet, luckily I just do this for a hobby so I only have to make myself happy!


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Mar 16, 2013 21:04 |  #24

If you're shooting in raw, surely it makes no difference whether you adjust it in camera or in PP. So why take it off auto unless its obviously getting it completely wrong. Which it will with multiple light sources...


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Mar 16, 2013 21:38 |  #25

hollis_f wrote in post #15720784 (external link)
I never bother with a WB card. All that will give you is the accurate WB, which is rarely the correct WB.

I like this. Says exactly what I think about white balance but more simply than I could have said.


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Mar 16, 2013 22:54 |  #26

Snydremark wrote in post #15721283 (external link)
RAW, set WB to closest preset for current light; correct in post if it's too far off. It's one of the least concerning parts about taking the photo, for me.

+1 to this.


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Mar 17, 2013 01:44 |  #27

i dont care abt WB because I shoot RAW. I tune it when I get to LR4.

This gives me more brain power to frame, compose and seek for good lighting and moment which are more important elements in a photograph.




  
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Mar 17, 2013 08:24 as a reply to  @ learncanon's post |  #28

hollis_f wrote in post #15722497 (external link)
With is almost certainly indicative of your PP skills, rather than any inherent superiority of jpeg vs raw. It is always possible to process a raw file to produce a jpeg identical to what the camera would have produced at the time of shooting. Unless the shooting parameters were exactly optimal it is always possible to process a raw file to produce an jpeg superior to what the camera would have produced (although the difference may be minor).

This is true.


For me, personally, I like skipping the RAW work flow. My thing is to get it right in camera and post the images the same day. Granted not everything is perfect but those minor adjustments are easily handled adjusting levels.

I used to shoot RAW all the time but its tedious, I learned how to get it right for the most part in camera and my life became a lot more easier. I only shoot RAW now when I know the lighting is going to be tricky where highlights may be blown or shadows may be too dark.


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Mar 17, 2013 08:53 |  #29

KeyserSoze1 wrote in post #15723996 (external link)
This is true.


For me, personally, I like skipping the RAW work flow. My thing is to get it right in camera and post the images the same day. Granted not everything is perfect but those minor adjustments are easily handled adjusting levels.

I used to shoot RAW all the time but its tedious, I learned how to get it right for the most part in camera and my life became a lot more easier. I only shoot RAW now when I know the lighting is going to be tricky where highlights may be blown or shadows may be too dark.

So, how do you avoid light cycling?


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Mar 17, 2013 09:25 |  #30

Zivnuska wrote in post #15724056 (external link)
So, how do you avoid light cycling?

What do you mean by "light cycling"?


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