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Old May 3rd, 2014, 09:46 AM   #1
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White balancing workflow?

Without and with an external monitor, what is your FS700 white balancing workflow? Does switching back and forth between auto and manual change that workflow?
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Old May 12th, 2014, 07:22 AM   #2
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Re: White balancing workflow?

I always just balance all cameras to a white card, whenever there is a change in lighting. A monitor or even the built in lcd will tell if you are way off immediately.

To me the 700 is no different than any other camera. I even do this when shooting video with DSLRs. Though DSLRs are more complex to balance.

You can set up A to be with the sun out and B to when it gets cloudy, or inside/outside etc. Then switch between them.

But I white balance every camera the same way, to a card at the same angle to the sun or lights at the beginning of every shoot for every camera on that shoot, if possible in the same exact place. Bear in mind your surroundings, like if you are under a huge green leaf tree and set white balance there then move out from under it the balance will be off. I usually balance where skin tones have to be right.

The only exception is when shooting live shows or theatre. Then usually 3200K is right, though this is one time an external monitor is very important for color.
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