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Old January 15th, 2009, 12:00 PM   #1
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Dialing Kelving Temperature vs White Cards for white balance?

I was shooting yesterday and I was dialing in the white balance by manually shifting the color temperature on the dials.... what are the advantages/disadvantages of doing this compared to white cards?
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Old January 15th, 2009, 04:29 PM   #2
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If you use a white card you will get the correct WB for that time of the day, by dialing in the K you can manually change that. For example if you are shooting in the middle of the day but you want the light to appear warmer then you can dial in the desired temp. This can also be done by using WB cards... i.e use a slightly blue card to make the shot warmer or use a slightly red card to make it cooler.

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Old January 16th, 2009, 03:16 PM   #3
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thanks for the info
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Old January 17th, 2009, 03:08 PM   #4
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I was shooting yesterday and I was dialing in the white balance by manually shifting the color temperature on the dials.... what are the advantages/disadvantages of doing this compared to white cards?
Advantage: Greater degree of control over color temperature in your image.
Disadvantage: If you don't know what you're doing you can get into trouble. Also, doing a normal WB with a warm card is probably quicker.

Depends on your shooting needs.
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Old January 21st, 2009, 10:55 AM   #5
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I personally prefer dialing in the temperature. The result is, in my experience, far less color correction to match two shots together from different days. Maybe that's just because I suck at card WB. :)
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Old January 21st, 2009, 02:25 PM   #6
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I'm curious what modifications to white balance and other setting do you perform to match up the XH-A1 to the Z1.?
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Old January 22nd, 2009, 02:38 AM   #7
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Using a white card also takes possible non-kelvin related color hues into account. Like light from fluorescents, reflections from walls etc. Can not correct & adjust for those with color temperature adjustments only.
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