RAW vs White balance

Started Nov 20, 2006 | Discussions thread
richardplondon Forum Pro • Posts: 10,818
Re: Unequivocal evidence - here too now

Jonas B wrote:

I always use Auto WB, shoot only in RAW, and honestly never was
conscious of any WB problems in PP.

Not for panos... do you?

Yes, I constantly forget to set fixed WB for this... a major pain.

Pilot error once again - not the camera's fault.

I generally shoot pano shots in JPG, often at reduced resolution if doing a 360. RAW seems like overkill, in terms of filesize and conversion load. But you do need to give close attention to exposure and WB up front.

If I find time I'll try some real world tests myself, but unless
those results shows convincing advantages (or someone else can
demonstrate convincing results) I'll stay with Auto WB and RAW for
the time being.

This is the real question, isn't it? What can we do withthis new
knowledge (except of stop saying that the WB setting doesn't affect
the raw file)?

I guess, as RAW users, set AutoWB instead of leaving WB on some arbitrary preset - at least RAW data will always in the right ballpark "as-shot", for WB.


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