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08-28-2013, 04:14 AM   #1
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Decent white balance cards?

I'm using an Expodisc at the moment and it's fairly good but doesn't always give the best results, I correct white balance in Adobe Photoshop but i'd rather get it 99.99% correct while shooting so i'm looking for a white balance card to give me the best, most accurate white balance, thanks guys.

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Here is a review of various white balance solutions:

Product Comparison: White Balance Filters (Professional Photographer Magazine Web Exclusives)
08-28-2013, 07:44 AM   #3
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Xrite Colorchecker Passport. Why get just the white balance right when you can get all the colors right?
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expensive, i like the coffee filter idea ;-)

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Holy cow the Xrite Colorchecker Passport is expensive, how do you actually get the colour right? I thought you could only correct white balance and exposure using the droppers in Adobe Photoshop.

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I think the CCPP runs about $65 at Adorama. It is a bargain if you need accurate color. Here's how it works.

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I usually use a simple gray card, which is usually available at any photography shop for $5 or so. Put it in the scene, use the custom color balance setting on the camera, and you're all set.

Delta 1 Gray Card 8x10" (1) 22030 B&H Photo Video

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I think the CCPP runs about $65 at Adorama. It is a bargain if you need accurate color. Here's how it works.

Using the ColorChecker Passport: Ep 209: Digital Photography 1 on 1 - YouTube
Here in the UK they're 70, which is $108 so it's pretty expensive, especially if the difference in accuracy is very minor. I did buy a grey card from a shop called jessops which is a camera specialist and the result was alright'ish. I'm wondering how good theses are :

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lastolite-Ezybalance-Grey-White-Card/dp/B0009QZDL6/r...I1LVGF6YHN8P6D

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Opteka-Premium-Reference-Quick-Release-Photography/d...=ISX0SLMNB135U
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QuoteOriginally posted by maxfield_photo Quote
Xrite Colorchecker Passport. Why get just the white balance right when you can get all the colors right?
+1 on this, the cost is pretty small to me when I consider the time it saves me in PP when critical colour balance is required.
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Why don't you make your own custom white balance / grey cards using photoshop? Cheap and cheerful!
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I watched the video about the xrite colour checker and my god it's a lot of work and would take me quite some time to learn how to use it properly. That would be ok if I was a professional photographer and was earning money from it, but i'm not, I do it for a hobby and have ADHD and have to read things 7 or 8 times before I can get enough attention and top myself from getting overwhelmed. I'd rather just use an easy white balance or grey card, not all that colour checker thing where you have to install the colour checker file into Adobe, then set up a colour profile and stuff like that. Plus I can't afford a proper monitor, i'm using my 42" LG LED tv which I calibrated using a THX Optimizer disc (obviously not accuare enough for this kind of work).

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Why don't you make your own custom white balance / grey cards using photoshop? Cheap and cheerful!
How would I do that? That sounds interesting, if in fact they'd actually be accurate at all. I say that because I don't even know to to make a colour profile in Adobe so that the colour I see on screen or the colour in Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 (which is what I use) are calibrated with my printer.
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K5-II manual (page 185):
Adjusting the white balance manually.
"Under the light to measure the white balance, fully display a white sheet of paper in the viewfinder or select a white area as subject."
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K5-II manual (page 185):
Adjusting the white balance manually.
"Under the light to measure the white balance, fully display a white sheet of paper in the viewfinder or select a white area as subject."
I know how to adjust the white balance manually in my camera and I know how to use the dropper to select a white part of a photo, but how would that enable me to make my own white balance cards? I've tried using a standard white piece of paper before a few times, and different pieces of different paper and it never gets it any better than using the Expodisc i've got.
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QuoteOriginally posted by richardstringer Quote
I know how to adjust the white balance manually in my camera and I know how to use the dropper to select a white part of a photo, but how would that enable me to make my own white balance cards? I've tried using a standard white piece of paper before a few times, and different pieces of different paper and it never gets it any better than using the Expodisc i've got.
I think the Expodisc is a hoax and a rip-off, just as the other filters. In the test mentioned by psychdoc (post #2) the Melitta coffee filter works best. It's plain paper.
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