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02-17-2007, 04:02 PM   #1

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Auto white balance vs. daylight balance outdoors.

I'm getting ready for outdoor springtime shooting with my K100D and a question popped into my head.
I've pretty much changed my shooting habit to AV priority so I can vary aperture with my Sigma 50mm 2.8 EX macro lens. I also tend to stop down most shots with AE-L button for deeper depth of field and to limit auto focus hunting.
Question is, am I better served outdoors by changing to daylight balance or just keep on Auto White balance.
I'll be shooting flowers, landscapes and other interesting things. Advise, please, Freddy
(P.S. indoors I don't use Auto white balance , usually tungsten or even daylight balance if I shoot with light coming in from my windows)

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RAW or jpg?
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If I am using JPEG...

Indoors, depending on the lighting, I may use Manual WB, outdoors I have always used Auto WB, its never been a problem, for me..
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If using JPEG:

Outdoor, I have no problems with AWB. Indoor gets dicey. If you are using flash you will get away with AWB. If not I try Incandescent or Manual (bring coffee filter or white/neutral gray card).

If you shoot in RAW, you can shoot with AWB and correct later if things go wonky.


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Thanks for your comments, guys. Freddy
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Hi Freddy

When shooting flowers outdoors I usually shoot raw, that way I get the most accurate color when walking from shade to sun to cloudy. If you don't want to shoot RAW, (it took me a while to take that plunge) use AWB, it will do better w/o having to remember your WB setting. If your memory is good (mine isn't) you can switch to daylight/shade/cloudy as conditions change. But a word of caution, a flower in bright sun is decidedly off color if you are using shade WB.

NaCl(I know this from personal experience, and have proved it to myself more than several times )H2O
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If you get a big enough memory card, I would just use AWB and RAW.

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H2O. What do you think of my plan to use raw only for changing exposure and then everything else in Adobe Photoshop. Freddy

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