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07-12-2007, 12:28 AM   #1
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Setting custom white balance.

Can the custom white balance be set by using the stock pentax body cap?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Deni Quote
Can the custom white balance be set by using the stock pentax body cap?
Of course yes, however I find WB set using body cam not tu my liking.

I prefer either white coffee filter (very nice results!) or white sheet of paper.
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while we're on that topic, does the entire frame really have to be filled w/ your white balance target if you're setting custom white balance?
I've tried experimenting w/ just putting a WhiBal card in the center of the frame vs. full frame and the K10D seems to need the entire frame covered (Canon's only need you to point at a spot, but Nikons need the full frame filled as well).

p.s., the WhiBal card is highly recommended...each card is measured for accuracy before being sent to you so you know it's a good source...
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QuoteOriginally posted by kenyee Quote
while we're on that topic, does the entire frame really have to be filled w/ your white balance target if you're setting custom white balance?
I've tried experimenting w/ just putting a WhiBal card in the center of the frame vs. full frame and the K10D seems to need the entire frame covered (Canon's only need you to point at a spot, but Nikons need the full frame filled as well).
Pentax DSLRs can do both

K10D allows to select whole frame/center of the frame while setting WB (with rear e-dial. Read Manual, page 126

On K100D it is configurable through "Custom Options" menu.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Edvinas Quote
K10D allows to select whole frame/center of the frame while setting WB (with rear e-dial. Read Manual, page 126
Err...note to self: read manual before asking dumb questions :-)

Thanks again, Edvinas. Pretty cool of Pentax to provide whatever option you want. And it's really cool that you can move the gray spot rectangle around so you don't have to get it exactly in the middle like how Canon cameras are limited to ;-)
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Quick, cheap, and easy WB:

Cut a circle of white coffee filter to fit inside an unused step-up ring. Use a clear lens guard "filter" screwed onto the step-up ring to hold the coffee filter in place. Just hold the contraption over the end of your lens when setting WB. (Skylight filters introduce a color cast. Make sure to use an actual clear lens guard to avoid this).
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something everyone needs to consider in setting white balance is not how a white target appears, but how your subjects will appear.

I use a slightly different technique, which I do not believe is well documented in the K10 manual but works very well on the K10.

Take a picture under the lighting conditions,
- then press the Fn button.
- select white balance
- watch the white balance change in the preview of your picture as you change settings.

By doing this you can achieve the real look you want, and the look you want may not actually be white. All too often perfectly corrected white balance leaves the subject, espically people looking cool, rather bland and washed out. You may want things a little warmer.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
something everyone needs to consider in setting white balance is not how a white target appears, but how your subjects will appear.

I use a slightly different technique, which I do not believe is well documented in the K10 manual but works very well on the K10.

Take a picture under the lighting conditions,
- then press the Fn button.
- select white balance
- watch the white balance change in the preview of your picture as you change settings.

By doing this you can achieve the real look you want, and the look you want may not actually be white. All too often perfectly corrected white balance leaves the subject, espically people looking cool, rather bland and washed out. You may want things a little warmer.
As a beginner ... I have just figured out how to do this .... I take the shot ... then hit the function button and go into the WB section and adjust accordingly from there .... quick and so easy ... even for a beginner like me.

And here I was thinking I was going to have a hard time figuring WB out ... not anymore ... sorted in seconds .... and I can adjust accordingly on the fly when lighting changes, etc.

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I have found that in same places, like in my office, I can't get the right wb by just using the presets. It gets close, but close and the right one are not the same .
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