A cry for help to portrait photographers: white balance with off camera flash

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A cry for help to portrait photographers: white balance with off camera flash
Oct 24, 2012

I'm still learning about wireless flash photography and finding myself second guessing a lot of settings that I had hoped would just be second-nature by now!  One of these is the white balance when using wireless flash. Should I set white balance ignoring the fact that there is a flash involved? Like set to shade +1 or something if outdoors, and trust that the TTL metering will make it all work out right? Or should i specifically tell the camera that flash light will be present so set white balance to flash?

Another option is to use custom white balance set with a test shot (I'm shooting an a580). But in this case I don't know if the test shot is using the flash at the same level as my eventual exposure will use it.

Many thanks for your field-proven advice!

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