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p.1 #1 · Whitebalance - any tricks? How do you do it?


This week many amazing weddings were posted. Again. To every poster: Thank you for posting. They're inspiring and make nice signs along the road to take to perfection

In most of the sets and in most of the images whitebalance was spot on. Care to share some secrets or tricks or is it simply experience? My last wedding had all the light situations you can imagine: cloudy sky, sun leaking through, direct sunshine. Cloudy sky above green grass. Above red undergroud. Warm and cold artificial light. Shade and half shade.
And this shows as I have difficulties with wb I never had before. Every few images look so different and I don't have a clue on what to do. Bring a grey card with me and shoot in in every new situation to get a good neutral value? Change WB in camera and just shoot?

How do you do it?




Aug 03, 2012 at 09:26 AM
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p.1 #2 · Whitebalance - any tricks? How do you do it?


Shoot RAW then use Lightroom to adjust ... easy


Aug 03, 2012 at 12:00 PM
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p.1 #3 · Whitebalance - any tricks? How do you do it?


I don't like adjusting what I don't have to... so I use an Expodisc neutral to get exposure and WB. Found that to be the easiest way to create a neutral standard whereby I can then edit images quickly both for exposure and WB.


Aug 03, 2012 at 03:20 PM
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p.1 #4 · Whitebalance - any tricks? How do you do it?


I would use a grey card, shoot RAW and adjust in post.


Aug 03, 2012 at 03:34 PM
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p.1 #5 · Whitebalance - any tricks? How do you do it?


This might be helpful...

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1121194




Aug 03, 2012 at 03:45 PM
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p.1 #6 · Whitebalance - any tricks? How do you do it?


I know I'm going to be in the minority on this. But I prefer most of my colors as shot. 90% of my images use Daylight or incandescent WB. I don't mind if a shot is a little warm or a little cool, I think it adds to the mood as the way I remember it. I will adjust some shots if they are way off.
for example, I know this is very cool, but it still looks natural to me.





I think individual images look good color corrected perfectly, but when you're looking at a whole wedding I think it is nice to have variety. Otherwise it's best to get a few White balance presets in lightroom and worry about it after the shoot.



Aug 03, 2012 at 04:17 PM
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p.1 #7 · Whitebalance - any tricks? How do you do it?


Expodisc. Tough to work with in a wedding environment but I shoot it when I can.


Aug 03, 2012 at 09:48 PM
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p.1 #8 · Whitebalance - any tricks? How do you do it?


We use AWB and almost never deviate from it.


Aug 03, 2012 at 11:36 PM
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p.1 #9 · Whitebalance - any tricks? How do you do it?


AWB in Canon cameras really does the job in most cases. When it doesn't- then LR.


Aug 04, 2012 at 09:11 AM
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p.1 #10 · Whitebalance - any tricks? How do you do it?


If you are shooting in incandescent light, use Incandescent WB. Shade, I use shade or cloud WB. Otherwise its on AWB and I adjust to taste in post.


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p.1 #11 · Whitebalance - any tricks? How do you do it?


I think sometime we focused to much on WB.. some of the photos looks better with out the WB adjustted.. it captured the mood better.. just my $0.02


Aug 04, 2012 at 01:36 PM
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p.1 #12 · Whitebalance - any tricks? How do you do it?


Adjust by kelvin to key light, warm/cool to taste a couple of hundred kelvin, minor adjust tint as needed. Done.


Aug 04, 2012 at 06:36 PM
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p.1 #13 · Whitebalance - any tricks? How do you do it?


WNStudio wrote:
AWB in Canon cameras really does the job in most cases.


Not in tungsten light.



Aug 05, 2012 at 08:20 AM
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p.1 #14 · Whitebalance - any tricks? How do you do it?


A lot I set the Kelvin temperature or use a pocket gray card and do a custom white balance before I shoot the scene.


Aug 05, 2012 at 08:22 AM
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p.1 #15 · Whitebalance - any tricks? How do you do it?


I always thought AWB left skin tones very boring looking. It seemed to take the life out of them in a lot of situations.


Aug 05, 2012 at 04:12 PM
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p.1 #16 · Whitebalance - any tricks? How do you do it?


I use an expodisc which I keep tethered around my neck, when settings change I snap a quick photo with it and adjust to it. Works great.


Aug 05, 2012 at 06:29 PM
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p.1 #17 · Whitebalance - any tricks? How do you do it?


I just know my kelvin settings....
Or else turn on live view and set the wb that way



Aug 05, 2012 at 06:47 PM
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p.1 #18 · Whitebalance - any tricks? How do you do it?


hardlyboring wrote:
I just know my kelvin settings....
Or else turn on live view and set the wb that way


Bionic white balance implant FTW.



Aug 05, 2012 at 07:27 PM
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p.1 #19 · Whitebalance - any tricks? How do you do it?


Shoot whibal gray card in each new light

Dropper the card when in LR

Select all images in same light in LR and use LR SYNC feature with WB checked and Sync the set of images against the card's WB

Gets you close, then tweak the sliders for raw files to taste



Aug 05, 2012 at 08:07 PM
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p.1 #20 · Whitebalance - any tricks? How do you do it?


amonline wrote:
Adjust by kelvin to key light, warm/cool to taste a couple of hundred kelvin, minor adjust tint as needed. Done.

This.



Aug 06, 2012 at 12:15 AM
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