ukcyberboy wrote in post #10624176
Thanks for that you are probably right there about the group but I was hoping for help on processing to help me learn.
Which is the best way to get the WB/colour correct, over here in the UK we pay so much for stuff and my wife say no more.(yet)
Would you use a colour chart or grey card as I have looked at these before. I thought that a metered picture would get this correct.
Back to the drawing board for me.
You can use an inexpensive white balance card. A white balance card is simply a neutral reference that has equal amounts of red, green and blue. This is not to be confused with gray card used for exposure. A gray card used for exposure is 18%, or middle gray. A neutral white balance card can be any percentage of gray as long as it is neutral and has equal amounts of red, green and blue.
When I first started I was using a $20 white balance card and it did a pretty good job an gave consistent results, which is crucial.
If you haven't already learned how to set a custom white balance in your camera then take a look at the manual or look for tutorials online. It's very simple.
A lot of people use a white towel or piece of white paper or the attempt to find what they consider to be a neutral object but just because something appears white or gray doesn't mean that it's neutral and most often it's not.
For instance, people use a white towel for white balance it's important to realize that many things that appear white actually have blue dyes and other impurities that the eye doesn't see but are used to make something appear white. This can lead to all sorts of color casts.