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Old Jun 21, 2012, 9:41 PM   #1
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I took a general intro to digital photography and the instructor suggested that we all keep a sheet of white paper in our bags for manually setting white balance. I go to various photography sites and see numerous devices for manually setting the white balance. What's a boy to do?
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Old Jun 22, 2012, 6:03 AM   #2
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First, not all "white" paper is white, especially if you've been carrying it around for a while.

I have an 18% gray lens cleaning cloth that's always served my need for setting a custom white balance.

If you really want to carry around a sheet of white paper, make it a sheet of your favorite photo paper. That way, even if the white isn't exactly right, all the other colors will be.
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Old Jun 22, 2012, 7:48 AM   #3
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Go with gray, rather than white. If you happen to overexpose slightly when setting the WB, the camera doesn't see the color cast correctly, and you may end up introducing a color shift, rather than correcting it.
I often correct after the fact, though. If taking a series of shots in odd lighting, I'll include my gray card in the first of the sequence, correct in PP and apply the setting to the rest of the batch.

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