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    Still practicing setting white balance in ACR.

    I think I am getting closer all the time but CRITIQUES would be helpful hint-hint.

    Rose From two weeks ago...might be the last of the season.

    Still practicing setting white balance in ACR.

    Wire out in the barn...

    Still practicing setting white balance in ACR.
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    Re: Still practicing setting white balance in ACR.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisC View Post
    I think I am getting closer all the time but CRITIQUES would be helpful hint-hint.
    Not sure what to say Chris and clearly I'm not alone

    Both look OK to me for WB.

    There's a strong argument, especially for subjects like this, to just take a shot of a Whi-Bal card and set the WB on it in ACR (or whatever RAW editor you use). That way, you don't need "practice" at WB - it's just right* and done in a trice.

    Of course, for some subjects; landscapes and wildlife come to mind, especially with low sun angles, what's technically 'correct' may not look right.

    Equally the mixed light scenarios recently seen with half and half sun (lit yellow) and shade (blue sky lit) can be a challenge, but these (here) should be simple.

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    Re: Still practicing setting white balance in ACR.

    I realize now, I should have posted the originals with the edited versions. These are both images I've recovered as "bad" shots from days hence and from a P&S camera. Funny you should mention the gray card as I was at a B&W workshop in Montana when these were taken and out fiddling about while waiting for a print to dry down sufficently. I bet there were no less than 20 such cards in the studio at that time...
    I will post a similar setup later today with two different images including the before and after. There are still some points, I think I am missing, and I think it is more that I am not seeing the forest for all the trees in the way. thanks for your comments. As always, they are good and to the point.

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    Re: Still practicing setting white balance in ACR.

    Chris,

    I picked up a pocket white balance card set like this one. A white card, black card, and a grey card, all on a handy lanyard with a quick-release clip.

    What I do is take full framed shot of the grey card and use it that image for the custom setting on my 450D. Then I take a wider angled shot of all three cards. This helps when setting the white and black points during PP. I find that there is always room for tweaking in PP as the white balance can be subjective.
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    Re: Still practicing setting white balance in ACR.

    Thank you...I was looking at those today and this looks like just the right thing for me...wil order immediately.

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    Re: Still practicing setting white balance in ACR.

    You are welcome.

    I used it the other night while shooting my sons hockey game. Try to white-balance those horrid indoor arena lights without the cards !! I dare ya !! lol

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    Re: Still practicing setting white balance in ACR.

    Oh! And by the way... both shots look very good to my untrained eye!

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