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06-30-2016, 08:01 PM   #1
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K1 auto white balance fine tuning

I've noticed a tendency for my K1 shots to lean blue, especially outdoors. Today I played with the white balance fine tuning option and so far think the shots look more natural and balanced. Clouds look more neutral, greens more natural, blue sky good. I moved the white balance four clicks to Amber and one click to magenta. That seemed to do it. Anyone else have other preferences?

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On a particular monitor?
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White balance is one of those things that can drive one to distraction if you let it. For most applications I find AWB to be quite good although it can be fooled. I don't believe it is possible or desirable to adjust it on the fly by eye or by formula to suit every occasion.

If it is critical I suggest the following.

1. Shoot RAW.
2. Set WB to Daylight and keep it there unless it is absolutely necessary to change. (Deep Shade, Heavy overcast, Tungsten Lighting etc)
3. Switch off White Balance Adjustable Range. (I presume K1 has this facility)
4. Calibrate your monitor.
5. Set PP Software Auto Tone or similar settings to OFF.
6. Adjust WB in Post Processing if necessary using eyedropper tool on white or grey object.

Alternative to 2. is to use a white card to set white balance in the current light. You may have to do this fairly often as light conditions do change throughout the day.
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Thanks. I've tried the daylight approach. All it meant was I spent too much time trying to get things right after the fact. Part of it is that I'm coming from Olympus, which is known for a slightly warmer look. This is with a calibrated monitor. Yes the white card is an option. I think that's why white balance looked better to me indoors because the camera could find something white enough to use.

I'll keep experimenting, but so far I like my results with the adjusted wb.


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