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12-23-2007, 04:44 PM   #1
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Manual White Balance Question...

Call me stupid, but I know little about setting the manual white balance.

I decided to try it today when shooting jewelry in my light box at home. I turned on all the lights, aimed the lens at the white platform in the light box, followed the directions in the K10D manual, and....viola! PINKish GREYish!

...then I tried to shoot some jewelry and the background was....you guessed it....Pinkish Greyish!

I know someone out there can explain to me the error of my ways. For now its Auto WB and photoshop.

Thanks to whoever is willing to help.

12-23-2007, 07:30 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by PaulAndAPentax Quote
Call me stupid, but I know little about setting the manual white balance.

I decided to try it today when shooting jewelry in my light box at home. I turned on all the lights, aimed the lens at the white platform in the light box, followed the directions in the K10D manual, and....viola! PINKish GREYish!

...then I tried to shoot some jewelry and the background was....you guessed it....Pinkish Greyish!

I know someone out there can explain to me the error of my ways. For now its Auto WB and photoshop.

Thanks to whoever is willing to help.
with the K10D there is a much better way to set the white balance.

start off by just taking a photo in the lighting you are using.

without doing anything else, press Fn, and select WB with the 4 way controller.

What you see is the image you just took, and the white balance adjustments, not only presets such as daylight, tungston etc, but also the color palate and color temperature.

Play with this and set the white balance the way you want it. as you adjust it you will see your last photo change. adkust this for the skin tones and colors you want. It wont change the test photo, but everything after will be as you want it
12-23-2007, 09:57 PM   #3
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Lowell's instructions are translated into menu pushes below, in chase this makes it easier for you.

Take a picture of a perfectly white sheet of paper (not reflective). Many on this forum use coffee filters.
Immediately press the [Fn] button,
[<] on the four way controller to go to White Balance
[^]+[v] Use the controller up and down keys to select [Manual}
[>] to select the fine tune until the white is white
[OK],[OK], [OK]
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Thanks I will try it like that...I did similar but could never find white white....moving around the color temp field on the camera always yielded some color other than white. I'll try and report back later. Thanks!

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