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Old October 21st, 2010, 10:10 AM   #1
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Custom WB on AWB?

Hello.

I have one question about , on which White balance setups i should take the picture for setting a Custom White balance for video?

Will i get the same effect from taking a picture of a white page of paper, in the environment I'm shooting, on any White balance setups ? AWB/Night/shady/tungsten etc?

How do i go about it ?

I am usually using AWB

I think Picture style shouldn't matter in setting a Custom white balance.

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Old October 21st, 2010, 12:10 PM   #2
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hey man, i just finished another doc and achieved the best custom WB by holding a gray card in front of the cam in the subject's light, snapping a pic, and using that for white balancing. I mean it was balls on perfect (exposure was too).
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Old October 21st, 2010, 12:15 PM   #3
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But on what WB you did it ?:)

AWB?


See, you get a wherry different image from each of the WB presets. So i am guessing for Custom white balance i have to use AutoWB, which is most neutral .

But i am not sure about it.
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Old October 21st, 2010, 12:34 PM   #4
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the manual said you can use "any" wb balance setting when taking the photo. For me I use AWB for taking the photo for custom WB.
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Old October 21st, 2010, 12:50 PM   #5
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Seams like the right choice.

Thank you.
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Old October 21st, 2010, 09:37 PM   #6
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Gustavs, i don't think it matters because the cam will set the white balance irrespective of what the lcd shows you. to prove this i snapped a few pictures with deliberately chosen incorrect white balance settings (like tungsten in indoor daylight scene - which made my white walls blue, lol), and after loading the pic, the custom WB imagery was perfect.
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Old October 22nd, 2010, 12:02 AM   #7
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So the motto of the story is to leave WB on AWB?

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Old October 22nd, 2010, 12:02 PM   #8
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not really, the motto IMO is to custom WB every shoot with a Kodak gray card using whichever preset you want while snapping the pic required to properly set custom WB.
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Old October 22nd, 2010, 01:26 PM   #9
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Great. :)

Thank you guys.
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Old October 25th, 2010, 10:14 PM   #10
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Ant one know of a good place to get a plastic grey card? Paper ones will die as soon as I buy them...
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Old October 30th, 2010, 11:00 PM   #11
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Kodak Gray Cards 1903061 - B&H Photo Video

(not plastic, which you would not want due to reflections)

i think mine says $5 (purchased 30 years ago) inflation sucks, literally
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Old December 31st, 2010, 05:55 PM   #12
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Collapsible Gray/white thingy

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Ant one know of a good place to get a plastic grey card? Paper ones will die as soon as I buy them...
Lastolite EZYBalance Grey/White Card - 20" LL LR2050 B&H

I got one at my local camera store a few years ago that collapses to about 5" diameter. It's pretty sweet.
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