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Old 01-21-2006, 10:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm still playing with this new D70s of mine and often wonder about the White Balance.
I probably have it wrote down somewhere, but not sure where. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]

Is there a rule of thumb or parameters to follow when adjusting the white balance? Say for ambient light that is diffused by a screen or curtain, or maybe when your using a fill flash outdoors?

Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

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Old 01-21-2006, 10:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If I'm shooting people, I usually set it on cloudy for a warmer skin tone. But I shoot in RAW and do the final adjustment there.

I'm really happy with that result and with the camera, D70 not an S.
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Old 01-21-2006, 10:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I just shoot in raw mode and adjust the WB in PS CS2
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Old 01-21-2006, 10:53 AM   #4 (permalink)
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uumm, still need to figure out that RAW setting. I have PS CS not the CS2.
Reading the manual is like reading greek at times. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
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Old 01-21-2006, 11:00 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks,
So far I've been happy with it. I haven't been in a situation where I could post something from it yet. It's still so new I get myself confused with it still. I'm use to that FM2. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
I haven't figured the RAW yet, but I do need to try that.
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Old 01-21-2006, 11:27 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I shoot Canon, but regardless what brand you shoot, the answer should be the same, just the proceedure varies. If you really want and accurate color balance, you ought to set a custom white balance by shooting a grey card. You can warmth later, with a variety of methods. The color temperature of sunlight is going to vary quite a bit depending on time of day, whether there are clouds in the sky, and what surfaces the sunlight bounces off of.
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I would suggest you experiment - either by shooting in RAW then seeing what white balance settings you like, or by shooting the same subject with a variety of white balance settings. I've found, like many glamour photographers, that a Cloudy setting (Cloudy-3 mainly) works best to warm up the skin of a fair skinned Caucasian model. When I shoot a dark skin model, I generally want less skin warmth so I choose a setting like Cloudy+2 or Direct Sunlight.

Since we live so close to each other, send me a PM (or my email is on my website) and I'll be happy to meet with you to talk photography techniques.

Here are some of the images I took during my shoots last week. Most were taken with a Cloudy-3 WB.


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You can dial it in by shooting a white or gray card and setting a custom WB setting for the particular setup.

Or you can buy a set of Warm Cards, which will help you "cheat" the WB that you want.

I've taken to using the presets most of the time anymore, I really like the Nikon WB presets, in some instances better than the Canon presets (especially under tungsten - the Nikon T preset cools the image more than the Canon preset). I have Kelvin adjustments too, but so far I haven't really needed to fiddle with them much.

Examples of some of what you've described (outdoor shots are the same model, and actually the same day, so that you can see the different effects on the same skin tone):

WB at Cloudy, flash set to stun with amber gel



WB at cloudy, no flash



WB at flash, flash set for fill, no gel



WB at flash, under strobes with no gels



And just because, this is WB at the tungsten preset, with who knows what for gels

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Lots of great replies here, all helpful. Mostly I shoot a gray card but I picked up a trick --can't remember who showed it to me-- a while back that comes in handy every once in a while on my D-70.

Set wb Daylight -3 Hue +3

You might try that sometimes and see what you get. Try it in sunlight and also under daylight balanced strobes.

Good luck.

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I use the basic + NEF setting, that gives you a jpeg to look at, and a much bigger RAW file to play with. I think CS might need a plugin from Adobe to process NEF files from the D70S. You can adjust so many more things with a raw file.
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