D300 White Balance Settings chart

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OleThorsen Veteran Member • Posts: 3,088
D300 White Balance Settings chart

I have made a chart for D300 White Balance settings.

It shows the WB presets including the amber/blue compensation on the Kelvin temperature scale with examples of different light sources' colour temperature.

Please note that the amber/blue compensation values, are based on Nikon's statement in the D300 manual, that compensating 1 step (e.g. from a1 to a2) changes the colour temperature with 5 Mired, and not any actual measurement from my side. I have also decided not to show a linear Kelvin scale, but rather made entries for common light sources.

I have printed the chart and laminated it, and always have it with me in my photo bags. Feel free to download the chart, and use it like you wish.

Link to the chart: http://www.pbase.com/ole_thorsen/image/94821835

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Sagittarius Veteran Member • Posts: 4,363
Re: D300 White Balance Settings chart

Thank you very much. I hope you do not mind if I save it for future use?
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OleThorsen OP Veteran Member • Posts: 3,088
Use the chart as you wish

Sagittarius wrote:

Thank you very much. I hope you do not mind if I save it for future use?

Feel free to download the chart and use it as you wish. I forgot to write this in my OP, but I have edited it now. I'm just happy if anybody find it useful.

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Norm Ullock Contributing Member • Posts: 561
Re: D300 White Balance Settings chart

On this topic can anyone tell me what kind of lights are in stores like Home Depot or Costco large white lights on the ceiling about 1 ft in diameter.
I can never figure out which WB to use with those lights

votary Forum Member • Posts: 72
Re: D300 White Balance Settings chart

i think i understand the chart....
i am starting to understand wb for the d300 finally

can someone explain the numbers on the left side of that chart?

I thought they were levels(b or a) but i see a 7 and didn't think the d300 had a7 or b7?

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Photobug Veteran Member • Posts: 5,561
Question Ole...

Wow! This could turn out to be the post of the year! Thanks so much!

But Ole, can you explain why there are two "Nikon Auto WB" and "Thom Hogan Auto WB"? Do they indicate the range of each "Auto WB" method? But then what is "Thom Hogan Auto WB"?

I've been finding D300's AWB too warm under daylight but Daylight WB seems at times a tiny bit cool. Your chart seems to answer half of the question already. This is exciting and wonderful! Thanks again!

Erciro Senior Member • Posts: 1,708
Re: D300 White Balance Settings chart

Ole,
This is such a big help.
Thank you so much

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OleThorsen OP Veteran Member • Posts: 3,088
Re: Question Ole...

Photobug wrote:

Wow! This could turn out to be the post of the year! Thanks so much!

But Ole, can you explain why there are two "Nikon Auto WB" and "Thom
Hogan Auto WB"? Do they indicate the range of each "Auto WB" method?
But then what is "Thom Hogan Auto WB"?

Nikon has stated a recommended range for AWB at 3500-8000K in the D300 manual as they do with the most of their DSLRs, but Thom Hogan normally recommends only to use AWB in the 4800-6200K range. He doesn't mention this in his D300 review, but I look forward to receive my D300 guide, and I expect he will mention this recommendation again.

I've been finding D300's AWB too warm under daylight but Daylight WB
seems at times a tiny bit cool. Your chart seems to answer half of
the question already. This is exciting and wonderful! Thanks again!

You're welcome. I hope you find it useful, and please if you find any errors, either answer in this thread or send me an e-mail (look in my profile).

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thundrr1 Forum Member • Posts: 82
Re: D300 White Balance Settings chart

They most likely are Metal Halide. A real white light

George

OleThorsen OP Veteran Member • Posts: 3,088
Fluorescent light sources

votary wrote:

i think i understand the chart....
i am starting to understand wb for the d300 finally

can someone explain the numbers on the left side of that chart?
I thought they were levels(b or a) but i see a 7 and didn't think the
d300 had a7 or b7?

The numbers 1-7 under Fluorescent refers to the same numbers used in the D300 menu setting for specific fluorescent light sources. In the Light Source column you can read which fluorescent light source relates to each number. As an example Fluorescent value 2 means Warm-white fluorescent lamp.

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malch Forum Pro • Posts: 13,623
Re: D300 White Balance Settings chart

Norm Ullock wrote:

On this topic can anyone tell me what kind of lights are in stores
like Home Depot or Costco large white lights on the ceiling about 1
ft in diameter.
I can never figure out which WB to use with those lights

Those things will drive you crazy. In many of those places, if you look carefully there can be a pretty dramatic color change from lamp to lamp. Maybe they change a bit with age but I suspect that most of it is attributable to lamp replacement (different vendors, models etc.).

When confronted with those horrible mixed lighting situations you'll never get it perfect unless you totally overwhelm the ambient light with flash or studio lights. Often that's not practical or permitted and then my suggestions are:

1. Shoot a PRE to give the camera a clue and make the histograms reasonably accurate/reliable.

2. Shoot a gray card too. This will help when you're going insane during post processing.

3. Set the shutter to an exact multiple of the electricity supply frequency (50 or 60 Hz depending on your country) to avoid the camera capturing partial cycles. The intensity and color of some of these lamps can vary dramatically through the power cycle. Sync to the supply frequency and your exposure and color will be much more consistent from shot to shot.

bobmax Veteran Member • Posts: 6,380
Really Great! Thanks Ole
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Ray A Regular Member • Posts: 311
D200 chart ???

Is that chart available?

Ray

OleThorsen OP Veteran Member • Posts: 3,088
Here is the D200 Chart

Ray A wrote:

Is that chart available?

Ray

Of course, I also made a chart for the D200 some years ago. The D200 used the good old -3 to +3 WB compensation, but I could never remember which way to compensate. I find the D300 amber/blue system much more intuitive, because they refer to the wanted result.

Link to the file: http://www.pbase.com/ole_thorsen/image/75127037

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RonHrl Senior Member • Posts: 2,794
That is excellent.

Thank you for compiling it, and especially for being so willing to share.
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votary Forum Member • Posts: 72
Re: Fluorescent light sources

thanks
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uncleskull Senior Member • Posts: 1,959
Would you mail me the excel file?

I have a file of Kelven temps, but not as they relate to the D300 settings. This is great.

uncleskull@yahoo.com

Thanks!

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OleThorsen OP Veteran Member • Posts: 3,088
Yeps, I've just e-mailed it
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hs_r2d2 Regular Member • Posts: 201
Re: Would you mail me the excel file?

Ole,

you are the man!

Funny is, I just got my D300 last Wednesday, reading the manual and the chapter I am on is WB. Perfect timing.

Thanks for sharing,

Hans

uncleskull Senior Member • Posts: 1,959
Thank You

I appreciate that!

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