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akin_t wrote: Honestly, I'm probably in the minority here, but I think gray cards are a waste of time and money. ...So, those of you advocating the use of gray cards ... Why exactly? Is it just a thing of nostalgia, because I cannot think of one functional reason to do so. I mean, photography has changed, no need to cling to obsolete tools.
It's not "a nostalgia thing." Photography hasn't changed; the recording medium may have changed, but it's still "writing with light."
Yes, you can shoot multiple test shots, review your LCD and histogram, make guesses about your results, adjust your exposure, take more test shots, etc., but they'd only be guesses since people and other subjects come in different shades. If you're trying to get a standardized, accurate exposure for multiple subjects, using a standardized tool makes it faster and easier. Since time is money, for some of us it's worth it.
If they're not for you, that's fine, but don't disparage those of us who do use them by saying we're "clinging to obsolete tools."
akin_t wrote: ...If you're shooting in manual, you can use your camera's light meter and review your exposures until you get it right.
Camera light meters don't work with flash. Maybe you meant "histogram."
Well I wasn't aware the OP intended flash. Either way, you can rely on your light meter (in conjunction with a desired metering mode) and achieve a desired exposure.
I am not buying the whole standardized tool thing ... After all, it's the photographer that determines what sort of exposure he wants at the end of the day. Even after using a gray card and achieving that textbook exposure, he or she might choose to under or over expose a little.
So what time/money has been saved really? If you're shooting batch shots, you only have to set your exposure once anyway.
I'm not disparaging anyone for doing anything ... I'm just trying to understand why the gray card gets so much love ... and frankly speaking, everyone I've asked this question has just given me weak justifications.
Edit: Oh and when I said photography has changed ... I was referring to the fact that technology has made it easier to get certain tasks done.
I mean, some people still use focus screens while some think auto focus works well enough. Some people still bother to use gray cards to set White balance while some just shoot in RAW and worry about it in post. I know the essence of photography is still the same, but the way pictures are taken today are very different.