jimlp wrote in post #17052254
I am confused, isn't the grey card in the image to get a meter read off of to determine exposure? If you put it in the photo for color balance in PP and the over/under expose it what is the point? Maybe I am just tired.
Well, as has been pointed out, there are some grey cards that are "color-neutral", and there are some that are better used for exposure, although you need to understand about the card you are using and how to work with it!
But, as has also been pointed out, White Balance is often a juggling act. In a studio it's good to have it accurately "nailed", but as we have seen, outdoors shots can be affected by lighting conditions, and sometimes I let those conditions "nudge" my white balance, rather than aiming for accuracy!
In fact, one of my old favorites was a shot of a Great Blue Heron flying by me as the sun was going down, and the warmth of the setting sun was quite apparent in my shots and, guess what, I preferred the "warm" shots to "White Balance Corrected" shots!
Here's an example of a shot that is a bit "warmer" (excuse me if it is a bit "soft", it was grabbed out of a car window with the 5D "Classic" toting a large, heavy 300mm f/2.8 lens and a 2xTC):