Author Topic: How To: Custom White Balance (Or shoot cars in carparks under orange lights!)  (Read 16794 times)

Offline barry-gti

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alright thanks mate!

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Ummmm, why not just put the paper down in the open where you're shooting from and give it a nice long exposure.  Provided you're not a million miles away from the sodium light source you'll get the white balance a lot closer than otherwise.
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Ummmm, why not just put the paper down in the open where you're shooting from and give it a nice long exposure.  Provided you're not a million miles away from the sodium light source you'll get the white balance a lot closer than otherwise.

The trouble with a longer exposure than you are going to shoot with, is that it will mess up the WB figure - it just lets in FAR too much light.

Get a set of warm cards and do it properly! I remember a few years back when we were shooting Glasgow Fashion Week, lost our wb cards and had to use a fella in a nice white t-shirt stood on the catwalk throughout the week!

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Sorry, I didn't mean to go crazy with the exposure.  Open the exposure up enough so that you can accurately capture the hue of the white you're likely to be shooting, if the sample you're shooting is in the same sort of lighting, but is further away from the light source than most of the scene you're shooting.... if that makes sense....
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OK. well thats complicated, next time i go i'll bare all of these in mind and try a few different things...practice makes perfect i suppose!

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Call me old fashioned, but it's so much easier with a manual SLR - just bung a filter on and adjust the exposure to compensate for the filter density  :smiley:

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Hey I've been trying to setup my d3000 but it just tells me it can't get the settings any ideas what I'm doing wrong?

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I'm not sure fella as I'm a Canon user, hopefully another Nikon bod will be able to help you out.

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