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Old 12-03-2011, 18:42   #1 (permalink)
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white balance

I currently shoot mainly with AWB and where necessary change it in RAW. But I would like to get into custom white settings. Does any one use either a white balance lens cover or colour passport picker?

Can anyone recommend either a free or reasonably priced program for checking the colour of computer monitors.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Re: white balance

You could try LCD monitor test images. It seems to give reasonable results. This needs to be coupled with your operating system (if possible ... Linux can) and processing software in order to find the best match.

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Re: white balance

I do use a custom WB and have the Colour Checker Passport.

For my normal photography with my EOS 5D2, I usually use Auto WB with the exception of ciritical photography (for colours) and studio photography. In these cases I will normally fix the WB to something appropriate but take a few shots of the colour checker. From a colour checker shot I can obtain the accurate figure for the WB then synchronise (in Lightroom) all of the other shots taken in the same circumstances. For studio shots I will normall set WB to flash and may not need to make adjustments but where I do I can again synchronise.

For my Infrared converted camera, I have set a custom WB which is easy to do. However, the custom WB is out of range of ARC so I use the Adobe Labs Profile Editor to create an offset that brings the WB into range. This is applied automatically as Lightroom recognises my Camera when files are imported.

My main use for the Color Checker was to create a calibrated profile for the 5D2 also using the Adobe Labs Profile Editor (free). Again this is applied automatically to my 5D2 files imported to LR. This bespoke profile is definitely more accurate than the standard profiles provided by ACR.

I now use a Spyder 3 Pro to calibrate my monitors though was not entirely dissatisfied with the performance of the Spyder 2 Express I recently used.

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