Friday, June 22, 2012

Always Keep A White Balance Card Handy

Getting the white balance correctly in-camera has always been a must for me. Even though I shoot in RAW, I always make it a point to get the white balance right so that I won't have to dabble with it so much in post - the lesser I have to do in post, the better.

Or, another thing I always try to do is have a white balance reference card in at least one of my shots. I can then use that to sync my photos later when I transfer the images in my computer.

(Take note, however, that you should have a reference point for every lighting situations: if the lighting set up changes, then you will have to shoot your grey card again.)

I always have my X-Rite Color Checker Passport in my camera bag. This is a very good reference to have: you can have a reference for landscapes and portraits; you can choose to warm up or cool down your photos; you can even use it to calibrate your cameras.

But for those times that I don't have a camera bag, or occasionally when I forgot to transfer the Color Checker Passport when I change camera bags, I always have an emergency reference card in my wallet.

The Opteka Pocket-Sized Reference Color & White Balance Grey Card Set (yes, it's a mouthful) is something that I always have in my wallet. It is a relatively cheap set of white, grey and black cards that you can put in your wallet. And since I always have my wallet, thank goodness I haven't forgotten my wallet yet, I always have an emergency reference point whenever I forgot my Color Checker.

Sometimes I choose not to change the white balance of my photos, sometimes it doesn't even matter when I convert my photos to black-and-white. But when I want to be precise about the color of my photos, I always have a reference card to make my work very easy.

So get yours here:

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