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#1 John M

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 10:07 AM

Is it better to use a pure white card or 18% gray card for white balance? Or is the Gray card used for exposure values only? My 2nd question is in regards to a sunset. Is it best not to white balance in order to preserve the natural orange colour for that time of day? I'm going to be using a T2i.

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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 11:26 AM

Doesn't matter which is used if the grey card or white card is neutral -- the reason why a grey card sometimes is better is just that you can't have any color channels that are clipped when you do a white balance so often you have to stop down for the white card.

I would just use a daylight preset color balance so that the fading sunset colors are not corrected out.
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