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D-100 and Warm Cards
Old 12-13-2003, 10:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone here ever used Warm Cards to white balance a D-100? When I shoot, I generally reset my white balance whenever I need to remeter. I thought using a warm card might allow me to warm the images up a bit without filters.

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Old 12-13-2003, 12:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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try using the flash setting when shooting outdoors, it warms things up. You might like it or not.

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Re: D-100 and Warm Cards
Old 12-13-2003, 02:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I highly reccomend using warm cards with dslr's without a selectable Kelvin Temp scale. I use the in my video work daily, and had plans to purchase the digital photo set until I learned the Canon 10D has a 2000-10000k selectable scale.
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Old 12-13-2003, 02:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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So, if you use a camera with selectable scale, do you then use a color meter to determine what the exposure temp is? If so, do you do reflective metering?
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Old 12-13-2003, 04:04 PM   #5 (permalink)
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do you then use a color meter to determine what the exposure temp is?

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That would be the best way to do it, but I have been WB tv cameras for years in my day job, and I usually can guess just about what temp will get me the right result. See with my video camera, when I hit the swtich to WB it tells me in my viewfinder the Temp that it set. After a while it just becomes second nature.

alot of people might disagree, but it just seems to be a nack that i have.

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Old 12-14-2003, 03:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Even though some digital cameras let you choose the color balance in Kelvin, that does not get around the need of some means to set the balance to start with. The warm cards work well for that. However, you can do just as well by shooting in RAW format and then when converting into your working image, you simply use the RAW conversion software to pick whatever warming effect you want.
That being said, I still try to set the color balance of my camera (in my case a Canon 10D) to the best color balance for the light. To do this I use a white card and set the custom white balance to a shot of that card. I then make sure I have good exposure by using a gray card and the histogram. I shoot raw. At the end Ihave good white balanced photos and it is extremely easy to then set whatever warming I want in Photohop or the RAW converter.
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