Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Using a WhiBal card for white balance, part of Exploring Photography: White Balance and Color Temperature.
- Earlier, you saw me calculate…a manual light balance in-camera,…by using this little gray card.…So, I had Heather hold the card,…I took a picture of it,…and then I used that as the source…for the camera's white balance calculation.…There's another way that I can use that card though,…this card though,…which is to use it in a way…that will aid me in my post-production.…I'm shooting raw, and because I'm shooting raw,…I can change my white balance after the fact.…To do that, I need to know…that there's something in the scene that's gray.…Heather is wearing purple, black and green,…and sitting in front of rocks that are an intense red color.…
I don't know that there's anything in here gray,…so maybe the specular highlights on her earrings.…It's better to just use this.…So, this is a WhiBal card, that's W-H-I-B-A-L.…What I really like about this card, is it's small.…It is a true spectrally neutral gray,…that means no matter what angle I have it at,…I'm still gonna get a good gray reading off of it.…It is also gray all the way through,…
In this course, photographer, author, and educator Ben Long explores the art and science of white balance and color temperature. Ben explores how to adjust your camera's white-balance settings, and what to do when auto white balance goes wrong. He then surveys some optional aids for white balance, and scenarios where "inaccurate" color may well be the right stylistic choice.
- What is white balance?
- Exploring auto white balance and understanding why it fails
- Working with white-balance camera presets
- Using ExpoDiscs and WhiBal cards
- Making stylistic white-balance choices
- Correcting mixed white balance