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balance during a wedding; a realistic approach?

 
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Jan 02, 2006 13:08 |  #1

Hi,

How do you guys and gals handle white balance when shooting weddings?
I find that it can be quite difficut to handle that problem as the lighting can vary quite a bit within the same location! :confused:

The lighting can be very different from the back of the church than the front. There seem to be more churches than before with skylights. Depending where the couple is at certain moments during the wedding, the white balance might have to be redone. Even a changing sky condition will have an effect...

I'd rather nail the white balance on the spot than having to fix RAW files after the fact.

Any realistic suggestions on white balance tools?

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Jan 02, 2006 15:34 |  #2

I wouldn't have time to fiddle with white cards during a wedding. I shoot auto 99% the time, shoot RAW so you can fiddle with it later. Make sure you have a calibrated monitor. I change to presets (tungsten, cloudy, etc) only occasionally.


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Jan 02, 2006 15:36 as a reply to  @ tim's post |  #3

Like tim, I also use auto probably 99% of the time. The 20D rarely goes wrong, and by shooting RAW, it's extremely easy to move the slider in RawShooter Essentials, and get the correct balance. I never could figure out how to do a JPG image in photoshop though. I'm lacking the skills. Raw is a lifesaver sometimes. Always use it. :)


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Jan 02, 2006 15:38 |  #4

Wazza, I use the color ballance sliders in JPG, though since I shoot RAW I don't need to.


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Jan 02, 2006 15:44 as a reply to  @ tim's post |  #5

How long does the 20D take to record the RAW file to memory?
Shooting high Jpeg has the advantage of saving the shots faster to the memory.

Tim, what do you use to calibrate your monitor?

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Jan 02, 2006 15:47 as a reply to  @ rightaway's post |  #6

rightaway wrote:
How long does the 20D take to record the RAW file to memory?
Shooting high Jpeg has the advantage of saving the shots faster to the memory.

In practice this isn't an issue. The 20D has a buffer of 6 shots, and it empties quickly. Unless you tend to hold your finger on the shutter for 2+ seconds RAW is easily fast enough, and if you do that i'd have to wonder why.

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Tim, what do you use to calibrate your monitor?

Optrix XR, which I got from B&H. I have an LCD, it calibrates LCD or CRT.


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Jan 02, 2006 19:27 as a reply to  @ tim's post |  #7

Tim,

That system is over $1K... I can't afford that :(
What about the spyder system from color vision?

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Jan 02, 2006 19:42 |  #8

This one (external link) is the one i'm talking about, $219.


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Jan 02, 2006 21:28 as a reply to  @ tim's post |  #9

I see!!!

Optix and not Optrix!!! ;)

Any advantage over the spyder?




  
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Jan 02, 2006 21:30 |  #10

Ah I was close! Check out the comparison article somewhere on smartshooter.com, it compares them and this one comes out better somehow. I think Pekka has the Spyder and likes it.


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Jan 03, 2006 17:03 as a reply to  @ tim's post |  #11

Tim,

That "r" nearly cost me $1000!!!! :D and you said you were close!!! lol




  
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Jan 04, 2006 02:23 |  #12

Heh, the advice is worth what you paid for it :p


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Jan 11, 2017 23:41 |  #13

My wife and I are currently trying to figure this one out to save post-processing time. She wants me to use kelvin, but I'm not the best at it (and don't really feel like messing with it). Another thing we're planning on doing more of is starting to use gels on our flash to help balance WB.

Currently, the main thing I've been doing is using auto WB. However, once I started using the specific settings such as "shade" when in those conditions, I notice the WB was much better and more consistent, so this is something I'm wanting to improve on for our wedding photos. My wife does most of the editing, so making things easier on the post-processing side would fall in the category of "happy wife=happy life" :-)


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Jan 12, 2017 08:25 |  #14

Shoot in raw and auto white balance.


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Jan 13, 2017 06:02 |  #15

I shoot with a 5DIII and find that the Auto WB is pretty damn good. Sometimes it'll need tweaking a little in LR but only a little.

I'll only set my WB on a fixed setting if I'm shooting outdoors where the light is very consistent but even then Auto WB does a very good job.


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