D3 and PRE White Balance Question

Started Jun 26, 2012 | Discussions thread
Higuma
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Leo - suggestions...
In reply to Kiwi22, Jun 27, 2012

When you get to the event do a quick once around and see if you can identify how many "Zones" of WB there may be there - - main hall center may be different from in the wings or near the edges & like you say there will be some areas of mixed ballasts...

Draw a little map and quickly sketch out where the zones are - number them on your map - then run around with a like number of sheets of paper ( obviously a PROPER white balance card would be the best way to go - but forbearing that ! ) - number the sheets for the zone you are in and shoot a well lit test shot ( the fact that the sheet has the number of the zone on it when you shoot it will be better when the time comes to use it )...

You will be able to use these later to set up some WB figures that you can then apply to the "zone" the shot is in so you can apply it to those shots at Raw conversion time... In NX2 you can set it all up and save so you can apply quickly to batches if you should wish...

Forbearing a lot of scouting ( the best recommendation ) and pre-setting up of your WB's etc., - using a passport CC is what I usually use because I can also set up dual-illuminant color profiles - this "shotgun approach" is not going to be perfect but will get you a lot closer a lot quicker than spinning sliders on every shot...

JUST REMEMBER - no matter what you do - USE A FIXED WB in these type of varying conditions if you don't have the time in advance to pre-set !!!! If the above leaves you short on a series of shots where you missed a good WB test shot - a fixed WB at capture will at least keep you from having to chase sliders on every shot like you might have to do with AUTO...
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