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03-02-2008, 09:50 PM   #1
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Can some explain "WB when using flash"...

Good evenin'

In the custom menu, there is a setting for flash and WB. Something about using WB as shot or unchanged. It is mentioned on page 33 of the manual, but no reference page.

Would I be right in assuming it would leave the WB (eg--cloudy) alone when using flash as opposed to changing the cloudy to a daylight flash setting when using flash?

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David Lee

03-02-2008, 09:59 PM   #2
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I could be I am from time to time.

You will have your WB set to whatever you want....shooting, shooting....

then you pop up the flash

now, the camera will either A)leave the WB unchanged, or B)change to flash WB
depending on how you will have set your custom setting.

then you put down the flash

and you are shooting in whatever WB you have set before.

it seems very usefull
lets say you are shooting available light in a very yellow tungsten setting,
and then you use the flash (when you have 'unchanged' set)
your pic will be BLUUUUUEEEEE!!!!
that could be hard to fix if you are shooting jpg

if you have the camera set to change to flash WB when using flash
your flash pic will be somewhat correct on the WB

I prefer to shoot entirely manual...including WB
i think that WB is one of the new 'main things'

so now its Shutterspeed, Aperture, ISO, and WB in my opinion
03-02-2008, 10:26 PM   #3
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Howdy MJB

QuoteOriginally posted by MJB DIGITAL Quote
I could be I am from time to time.
I don't know, that sounds sensible to me !!

Thanks for the help

03-02-2008, 10:27 PM   #4
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cool, have fun.

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03-02-2008, 11:41 PM   #5
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It actually depends for me. I leave it unchanged and change WB manually to flash if needed.

If the picture will have the flash as the primary lighting, then use flash WB. If you're using it as a fill flash, then no.
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David, another thing to consider is that the color temperature of flash is fairly close to daylight. If you're shooting fill flash in either shade or backlight with some daylight in the scene, setting a daylight WB will balance flash with the daylight nicely. If you're shooting indoors and the flash will be the primary or dominant light, try the flash WB setting. If indoors and the lighting is very mixed (some window light, some tungsten or compact fluorescent bulbs, some flash), I usually shoot Auto WB and then correct color casts in pp if necessary.

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