Do you use colour meter's ?

Started Apr 28, 2008 | Discussions thread
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Correct

I have one of these expensive meters and the only time I use it is to match the color of my strobes with the color of available light. When I want to set the WB in a non-mixed situation I use a Tempo paper handkerchief over the lens while pointed at the light source and take a Custom WB.

I use the Tempo brand for several years, always a packet on me, and measure them occasionally with my color temperature meter. They have always been (almost) copletely neutral. Probably the same is true for most other brands.

malch wrote:

peterjohn36 wrote:

Just thought out of interest how many use this meter to get the
kelvin correct, rather than using the card. I am not including PP on
this thread as we all know the answer to PP.

I think it's probably not a good idea.

If you look at most RAW converters, you'll see there are TWO sliders
associated with white balance. A color temp (more correctly,
correlated color temp) and a tint.

Most standalone meters only measure the temp and not the tint. The
one's that measure both are very expensive and require frequent
calibration.

So unless you're willing to a small fortune on these instruments,
you're much better off taking advantage on the WB features that Nikon
built into your camera and maybe a grey card or Expodisk when you
really need to get it right.

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Philip

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