First shots with ND/GND filters - some questions & samples

Started Nov 22, 2009 | Discussions thread
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Re: Getting rid of the color cast is pretty easy
In reply to rfsIII, Jan 20, 2013

rfsIII wrote:

The easiest method is just to purchase a calibrated grey card, doesn't matter the brand, and use it to set a custom white balance with the ND filter on the camera. The brand doesn't matter because what you want is consistency of output. Once you start using custom white balance with an actual calibrated source (as opposed to coffee filters or sheets of paper or objects in the picture) you'll find that you can get to your desired result much more quickly because you'll know where you're starting from.

Wow! I sure was surprised to see this old thread pop up again. I shot those images with a Rebel XS and 18-55IS kit lens. In the end, I sold the Cokin filter kit and bought a used Sigma 10-20 that came with a set of nice Hoya SMC filters. This made life much simpler for me. I'm still trying to keep costs reasonable. Before I sold the Rebel XS, I also tried a variable ND filter from LightCraft Workshop, which was super easy to use and a lot of fun. In fact, I still have the variable ND, since I no longer have a lens it fits. Thanks for the suggestions on the grey card. I didn't think of trying that with the filters on.

Here's a shot with the Sigma and filters on a 60D. Not the greatest shot, but at least the magenta cast is no longer an issue.



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