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View Poll Results: What do you use for custom white balancing
White card 3 21.43%
18% Gray card 1 7.14%
White printer paper 4 28.57%
18% Gray cloth 1 7.14%
Expodisc or similar White Balance filter/cap 2 14.29%
Other 3 21.43%
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Old Jan 17, 2010, 9:27 PM   #1
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What do you use

White Card, 18% gray card, 18% Gray cloth, white printer paper, or other means.
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What happened to an Expodisc, Pringles Lid or similar "White Balance Caps"?
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Pringles lids used to be quite popular (since a can of potato chips is a lot less expensive compared to an Expodisc, and you get something to eat, as well as a tool to set your white balance with). :-)

But, Pringles lids haven't been the right color for a while now (too clear, versus a more gray translucent cap). You can find White Balance caps for a lot less than an Expodisc if you dig around though (many are around $10 now). Just use Google to search for white balance cap and you'll find lots of them from a variety of vendors:

http://www.google.com/#hl=en&q=white+balance+cap

Basically, you just hold the translucent cap over your lens and point the camera at the light source to set a custom white balance. Of course, quality and WB accuracy may vary. ;-)
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You can read more about the Expodisc here (which is considered by many to be the best solution for setting a custom white balance):

http://www.expoimaging.com/product-o...words=ExpoDisc
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If you make a mistake and use the wrong white balance what is the best recommended software to bring it back to 'normal'?
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I guess that would depend on how bad it is.

Many editors have white balance adjustment tools of some flavor (sliders that let you go from cooler to warmer, etc.), and many have eye droppers that let you select white, gray and black points using curves or levels to help out. Or, some people may just use RGB sliders to get rid of color casts via "eyeballing" the image.

Personally, I try to shoot raw (or raw + jpeg) to make it easier to correct mistakes without as much image degradation due to the wrong RGB multipliers being used by the camera if I get it wrong (or make a big mistake like leaving my white balance set for tungsten lighting and forget to change it if I use a flash or go outside to shoot).
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I sometimes use Imaging Factory plugin for Photoshop. One of its features is White Balance. I was just wondering if there are other such software which feature White Balance rather than general color corrections. Here is the interface and its controls.
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What happened to an Expodisc, Pringles Lid or similar "White Balance Caps"?
:-)

Pringles lids used to be quite popular (since a can of potato chips is a lot less expensive compared to an Expodisc, and you get something to eat, as well as a tool to set your white balance with). :-)

But, Pringles lids haven't been the right color for a while now (too clear, versus a more gray translucent cap). You can find White Balance caps for a lot less than an Expodisc if you dig around though (many are around $10 now). Just use Google to search for white balance cap and you'll find lots of them from a variety of vendors:

http://www.google.com/#hl=en&q=white+balance+cap

Basically, you just hold the translucent cap over your lens and point the camera at the light source to set a custom white balance. Of course, quality and WB accuracy may vary. ;-)
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I added two more categories (including other, for members that may using different methods). Let me know if those are OK.
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Jim,

That is fine, thanks
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I added two more categories (including other, for members that may using different methods).
... like Chato's WBD?
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