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11-10-2010, 11:02 AM   #1
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White Balance Adjustment for the K20D

Shooting indoors with fluorescent tube and CFL lamps (light dull-yellow mat walls) with and without the built in flash, I got terrible skin tones on my family and friends. I moved from Auto AWB to Fluorescent "N" (N = daylight), and got a very slight improvement. On further experimentation changed to Vibrant from Bright and got some more improvement. But still the skin tone was not OK. Finally corrected the photos in PS CS5.
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Request help with "How to Adjust the White Balance In-Camera using the Recorded Image" with a K20D. The Japlish Manual is not clear.

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It's been my experience that in this situation, you've done the only thing you Can do. That is, Fix it later. You Could try doing a Manual setting with a gray card in the room before you begin shooting but even that sometimes is marginal. For instance, the bluish gray walls in my basement (lit by the same type of lighting) will turn Pinkish in photos if I set the WB to a gray card. Everything else comes out fine but I can assure you, there is no Pink, in the paint covering Any of my walls. Your actual best bet is to use a good flash. WB problems go away at that point.

Good luck..

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Generally I use a custom WB in these situations. I use a white balance card or similar device (my current system is white dome in my lens cap to do this) to set the custom WB in the function menu. As JeffJS mentions this doesn't always work but for me it works 9 times out of 10. One can still adjust in in post processing but I seldom have to.

Flash is another way to go but check your flash settings in the custom menu. It can be set to use flash WB when the flash is used or not to. Sometimes you want it set to flash and other times (like with fill flash) you may not want to. In these situations the best thing you can do is to take some test shots until your reasonably happy with it.

You can in the custom WB menu take a picture and adjust it on the screen by moving the pointer on the grid up/down or left and right. I seldom do that but it's a way to manually adjust the WB to the scene.
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I have had the same problem you describe with my K20d. I find the easiest way to get around it is to shoot RAW, then adjust WB with software which brings excellent results.

You can set WB with camera manually for each shooting situation you encounter, but I think RAW and PPing is, considering all things, best.

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One thing to consider is that if you take a shot and then go to the wb menu immediately you can. Make adjustments and see the result directly in the image you just took. This helps a lot to get the wb where you want it

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