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tonytrong February 22nd, 2016 03:27 AM

Shooting RAW - White Balance
Am I right in thinking that there is no point in setting an in-camera custom white balance if, for example, doing a studio shoot (using external lights) in RAW ?

That being the case. what do those of you who are regular studio togs do to manage your WB in pp ?
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cup4tml February 22nd, 2016 03:39 PM

Re: Shooting RAW - White Balance
I shoot raw and always set it at something other than auto. I shoot landscapes and if you leave it on auto, you could get slightly different WB as the light changes or the camera moves slightly which makes it more difficult to blend images. Using the same setting fixes that. Studio shooting is something that has consistent lighting, but even a change of wardrobe or props could change the white balance of what the camera sees if using auto.

agiledogs February 22nd, 2016 07:55 PM

Re: Shooting RAW - White Balance
Granted I do not do much image blending but I have never had problems using auto white balance shooting RAW for landscapes. Certainly in mixed light areas I have to make tweeks in post. more adjustment in areas of shade is usually required and occasionally some creative masking to set differing WB values for different parts of an image.

Overall I find that Auto tends to give me a nice average, but I always try in studio style shots to manually set a WB including setting specific values for camera calibration when shooting people and skin tones. (I don't do a lot of this) For the sporting events auto again is easier to manage for bulk editing and typically gets close to what I want.

If I was doing product or portrait shoots, I would have my WB set as close to what I need during the shoot as opposed to resetting it during post...its just a better workflow.

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