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How to Set Your White Balance with a Gray Card

 
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Dec 07, 2014 15:43 |  #1

Here's a new video I created showing two different ways to automatically set the white balance in your photos with a gray card. I hope you find it helpful!




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Dec 12, 2014 21:29 |  #2

Nice video, thanks! I'm about 3/4 through my photo degree and currently shooting large format- I've noticed that the ole gray card is even more critical when your shooting LF, and the addition of a good light/flash meter can mean the difference between a good day of shooting, or an expensive (frusterating) lesson in how important proper exposure THE FIRST TIME can mean.;-)a




  
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Dec 23, 2014 18:30 |  #3

Thanks for that post. I had just purchased one of your lessons a few days ago and I like your teaching style. thanks, shayne




  
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Dec 24, 2014 10:33 |  #4

Good tut. Thanks for posting it.

A gray card is very useful in the studio where you want consistency in a series of images. Or if you're shooting a series of images outdoors in a short period of time when the light isn't changing. It gives us the opportunity to make the same corrections to all the images at once.

But for general outdoors shooting, I'd like to point out that the correct WB isn't always the right WB. ;)
More in post #14 here: White balance not ...balanced? What am I doing wrong?

So I don't carry a gray card, & for convience usually use the white paper that I use for taking notes with a black pen. So I'm suggesting that being technically perfect may not always be the way to go for most people vs spending the time in being involved with the subject.

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Jun 23, 2015 18:11 as a reply to  @ shaynec's post |  #5

Thank you Shayne!


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Jun 24, 2015 00:22 |  #6

Thanks for the post.
I really like the style and pace of the tutorial. You give all of the information (and why its important) without getting hung up laboring a point.


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Jun 24, 2015 00:53 |  #7

I found a grey card to be a great learning tool. An advantage of shooting raw is that LightRoom shows the actual color temperature rather than a simple +/- adjustment. After shooting grey cards in enough lighting conditions, I can now eyeball it most of the time. And as PhotosGuy pointed out, the technically correct WB isn't always the right one. I find this particularly true on overcast days or around dusk where using a grey card will produce very yellow images.




  
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Jun 25, 2015 10:27 as a reply to  @ mike_d's post |  #8

What are your thoughts about Expo disc?




  
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Jun 25, 2015 20:30 |  #9

gqllc007 wrote in post #17610207 (external link)
What are your thoughts about Expo disc?

In my opinion, those devices are overly expensive (a lot) and nowhere as easy and versatile to use as a grey card.

In addition to a gray card, I always carry a color reference card and usually use it with the gray card. I never set up Custom White Balance in the camera. Instead, I put the cards into the scene, shoot in RAW, and then tweak the white balance for the test shot and copy the settings for the rest of the series during RAW conversion.


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