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Old October 4th, 2006, 08:59 AM
crazylizardlady crazylizardlady is offline
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White balance white background paper

hey all!!

an amateur here. i have a small set in the basement. white background paper. 3 lowel tota tungsten lights with white umbrellas and my canon eos rebel. i usually can get pretty good pics with my studio blue background paper. however, i'm frustrated as heck with my white background paper. i can't seem to get the right white balance. i set the camera to custom white balance. took a shot of my paper. then, set the custom white balance. it's coming out with orange-tan hints. i can fix it in photoshop, but then it looks greyish. i'm really stumped with this white paper. any tips?

other info; i have 2 lights on either side of camera, 1 straight at set , 1 at 45 degree angle to the subject. i have a back light as well, off to back left corner.
i usually use f/8 or f/5.6. thanks!!

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Old October 4th, 2006, 10:29 AM
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This is a strange problem. Only thing that I can think of is that maybe you're setting your custom WB incorrectly. Double check your manual. One other issue, of course, is that you have a problem with your camera and the way it handles WB.

Some thoughts (not knowing your camera, what you did, etc)

Ensure that the only thing in your custom WB is the white background. Make sure that the white is uniform throughout the custom WB shot. Shadowed areas may be causing conflict.

Ensure that you are properly exposing the scene. Under/over exposing causes its own issues, including color casts.

Try your tungsten setting on your WB dial. Sometimes custom WB isn't the best solution (although in this case, I suspect it should be).

Shoot RAW and manually adjust WB to suit your mood.

EDIT: One other thought....some cameras set custom WB using gray. Again, check your manual to see if it says to use "gray" or "white" when setting WB.
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Old October 4th, 2006, 02:05 PM
crazylizardlady crazylizardlady is offline
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thanks for your reply ohenry. my manual says to use white for setting custom white balance. i think for now i will try setting it to tungsten and see how that works. also, i could have some shadows going on. i'm going to fool with my lights to make sure. thanks again,

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