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Old August 17th, 2004, 04:39 AM   #1
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white balance for multipule shots in a scene with my GL2

I have been experimenting with my gl2 for the best possible shots for a short I'm shooting this weekend. I will be using all manual settings. I am aware (thanks to the great archives here at dvinfo!!!!) that setting your own white balance will give you a better picture and control over the final image than the automatic wb settings.

Here's my question; Should I/do I need to reset my white balance everytime I change my camera position when shooting the same scene?

I will have a lock down master shot of two people talking about 4 feet apart. I also want a hand held shot from person A's pov and then a hand held shot from person B's pov for the exact same scene.

Should I reset my white balance everytime I change camera position or keep the original white balance from the master shot? I was concerned that if I do or don't reset white balance, my colors would be way off when editing all three shots together. Or is the color difference a common problem when editing it all together?!? I have final cut express and I'm learning about the color correction filter. I will be conducting my own tests over the next few days...but any advice greatly appreciated!!
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Old August 17th, 2004, 04:52 AM   #2
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Dennis,
If you're not changing your lighting - or if you know that the light source is stable - then you shouldn't need to re-balance at all in the same location.

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Old August 17th, 2004, 05:10 AM   #3
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Thanks Robin!!

I'll be relying on the rooms natural light and a couple of Chinese lanterns that I'll keep in the same position for each shot. Thanks again!
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Old August 17th, 2004, 11:23 AM   #4
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As Robin notes, no, you should not have to adjust white balance for the same set/scene. In fact, you would be causing yourself endless grief if you attempted to do so. As you will likely be inter-cutting shots from different camera positions in that room you would end up having to color correct each snippet to get them to blend when editing. Ugh!
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Old August 17th, 2004, 12:09 PM   #5
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<<<-- Originally posted by Ken Tanaka : As Robin notes, no, you should not have to adjust white balance for the same set/scene. In fact, you would be causing yourself endless grief if you attempted to do so. As you will likely be inter-cutting shots from different camera positions in that room you would end up having to color correct each snippet to get them to blend when editing. Ugh! -->>>

Thanks for the advice Ken!

I'll set the white balance once for the master shot and keep that setting for when I move the gl2 for the secondary shots around the same set.

Now I have to decide whether to use frame mode or not.....(Believe me I know this topic has been discussed on way more than a few occasions) ;)
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