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Warmcards - Digicam size and Strobe use - ???
Old 02-18-2003, 11:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thinking seriously about making an investment in the Warmcards mentioned on the front page here at GG, specifically because I had this same idea about a month ago, and was trying to figure out a reliable way to do this type of "biasing".

My question is regarding the 3" x 4" size of the Digicam cards. I'm using a Fuji S1, and for Custom WB it seems to need a full-frame "white" area to meter on. Anyone here ever used these cards with studio strobes? With either the S1 or S2? Any problems with them? Need to know before purchasing - I'd just call the manufacturer, but they list no phone # on their site. If need be, I can just email them....but I'd prefer an unbiased opinion. TIA.

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Will be used...
Old 02-18-2003, 11:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My understand is the warm cards will be demoed at the Philly Workshop #4 at March 23-24. However, I'm sure you can e-mail rolando@garageglamour.com and he can supply you with a contact there.
 
 
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Old 02-19-2003, 02:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Has anyone here ever tried to print off some "blue" cards from an inkjet printer and then use them to bias the white balance?

I haven't had a chance to try it yet (along with a gizzilion other ideas I haven't ever gotten around to) but my thought was you could go into photo shop and make some blue cards in varying degrees. You could then test them and tweak them till you got the exact "warming" degree you wanted.

I may have to give this a try and report back.


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Would work but not consistantly
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It would work but not as reliable. Its like trying to print a grey card on your inkjet. Sure it would work somewhat but not exact. The paper (and maybe a coating on the paper) the card is printed on is basically what you are paying for. However, it would be an inexpensive way to try out the results. For that matter, I would instead suggest you take a trip to your local paint store and select some paint same cards and use them instead.
 
 
It will work that way,
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but not consistantly. I have a couple of sheets I have printed out in the glove box of my truck, becuase I sometimes leave my set of video warm cards in the studio. But the print outs DO NOT produce the same results. For the untrained eye, it might not be noticeable, but I pick a part video....
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