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Jul 15, 2007 14:08 |  #1

I was wondering if you ever need to set a custom white balance, and how to do it? Or should I just leave it on auto WB and shoot in RAW so that it is easy to adjust after?
Any info on this would really help.
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Jul 15, 2007 14:18 |  #2

I have found that, using my 20D, AWB is wrong more than it is right. Thus I will never again set the 20D to AWB mode. I always try to set the camera properly for the light source type.

At times, particularly in a studio setting, I may use Custom White Balance. However, I find it easier to merely place a known reference (usually a standard gray card or a GretagMacbeth Color Checker card) in the scene and use the white balance "eyedropper" tool during RAW conversion. I always shoot RAW plus Large JPG.


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Jul 15, 2007 14:21 |  #3

On my XTi, you set a custom white balance by taking a filling the viewfinder with a white surface, snapping a picture and then switching to custom WB and selecting that picture. I mostly use it for hockey games so the auto WB doesn't freak out.




  
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Jul 15, 2007 15:59 |  #4

As SkipD mentioned, i found it much easier to shoot RAW, take a ref card shot, and adjust in post processing with eyedropper. I carry a Whibal card (small credit card size).



  
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Jul 15, 2007 16:12 as a reply to  @ jkoc's post |  #5

In Scott Petersen's Understanding Exposure, he states to take a reading off your white card/gray card and then meter your palm in the same light. Once you have a baseline of how far your palm is off, you can meter off your palm and adjust accordingly. No more carrying a white or gray card around! But it wont work for those who adjust WB in PP using test shot.


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Jul 15, 2007 17:25 |  #6

As Skip said

Get everything as right as you can from the beginning, an incorrect WB can also have an effect on your exposure / histograms.




  
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Jul 15, 2007 17:29 |  #7

I find that as I have been adjusting the white balance in every shootig situation, that the colors seem more vibrant and real.


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