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03-10-2016, 11:53 AM   #1
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Auto white balance question.

I have a K5iis and I am curious about the different white balance settings.
I know under tungsten and florescent lights those settings seem to work pretty
well but how about outdoor light situations? Do you find auto white balance
works better or as good as the sunny and cloudy settings?

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QuoteOriginally posted by robert Quote
I have a K5iis and I am curious about the different white balance settings.
I know under tungsten and florescent lights those settings seem to work pretty
well but how about outdoor light situations? Do you find auto white balance
works better or as good as the sunny and cloudy settings?
If I'm just out and about shooting for fun, I think AWB works great. If I'm shooting a paid gig, I'll use a custom white balance so there is consistency between shots.
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I don't mean to wake up an old thread, but I was going to start one and since this one's only been sleeping a month, I'll add onto it.

I have a done a good job of learning to use my camera features and navigate the menus, but I've recently all but stopped using WB settings. It's very difficult to get them right in the field and I can make adjustments in Lightroom. I find that AWB is almost always as reliable as me making a choice based on my LCD screen. Unless I'm in very specific and very controlled lighting, I just leave it on AWB and adjust if necessary on my computer later, if necessary.
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A note for those who might stumble upon this thread: if you shoot in RAW, you get full control over white balance in post. You can even adjust the exact same settings found in the camera if you use the Pentax desktop software.


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Good point, Adam. I should have said that I always shoot RAW. I don't know if I would have reached the same conclusion otherwise.
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Just to add, I've gotten where when shooting indoors (new baby at home), I went around my house recently with a grey card and took a shot in each room under the lighting conditions in each room and then created presets in LR for each of those rooms (sometimes under a couple of light conditions). It allows me to consistently hit the right white balance (or my preference for the white balance) on every shot in the location. And, I don't have to worry too much about what the camera does.

It essentially allows me more options than what the camera has with very little effort (after the initial effort).
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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
You can even adjust the exact same settings found in the camera if you use the Pentax desktop software.
Yes, and because the Pentax software replicates the in-camera JPG adjustments it's a great way to explore WB under controlled post processing conditions. Shoot representative RAW+JPG scenes using each of the WB settings and whatever in-camera JPG setting adjustments you prefer, or perhaps just allow the camera's default JPG settings for later review. Keep notes!

If you systematically compare each of the images using the software 'camera' settings with the Default RAW file images you'll have a quick course in WB. Check and compare the color histograms and color temp displays in your software for each setting too. Label and save some comparison shots for future reference. Yeah, this takes time, but it's useful.

Keep in mind that you'll never 'see' a RAW 'image' -- they only exist as a data file -- usually with a JPG conversion instruction (a 'sidecar' file) attached. All RAW files you 'see' are translated into JPG images - even the camera LCD screen review; how and when it's translated is the question to be solved.

The translated 'RAW' image you see on ANY display may be either an OEM default setting, your own in-camera choices or a default setting unique to your PP software -- they're often noticeably different and may be further manipulated within the constraints of the JPG image data originally presented to you.

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