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12-14-2011, 10:34 AM   #31
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BTW, are you guys in the habit of using gray cards? Seems to be a nice way for getting the WB right....
I got into the habit of shooting in RAW early on. One advantage of RAW is that I can choose a white balance later in processing. So I normally rely on this ability instead, leaving the camera mostly in AutoWB and changing it later. In extreme conditions, I'll use a preset or custom balance because the histogram is more accurate. The histogram is generated using the camera's WB, so a better in-camera WB means a better histogram.

The gray card should work fine if you prefer to shoot in JPG and have it with you. It can be used for exposure too. It is useful for tricky situations where there are multiple light sources with different tints: someone sitting inside, lit by incandescent room lights on one side and light from a northern window on the other.

After a while I learned to see the white balance, which your eyes tend to ignore.

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BTW, are you guys in the habit of using gray cards?
I've got one around somewhere, I think I used it once. I find the auto WB works nearly all of the time for me and if it doesn't it is easy to change since I shoot RAW. I think if you were taking a lot of pictures in weird light, like sodium vapor it would be worth it to use gray card and set manually but normally the auto works just fine. If you are shooting something that requires correct colors, like fashion or museum record keeping then it would be required I suppose.
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I use a grey card mainly to check ambient|incident light levels, not so much for color balance. AWB sucks in all my digicams so I'm resigned to fixing color cast in PP. Maybe I can blame this partly on air pollution. I see different light / white balance / contrast / saturation aspects if I'm at high or low elevation in California, Arizona, Colorado, Chihuahua, Zacatecas-Oaxaca, Chiapas-Guatemala, Yucatan-Belize. At 3300m / 10000ft in Colorado or Utah or Guerrero or Guatemala, I must dial-down the contrast and change the color temperature. But it can all be fixed in RAW development.

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