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Old Jul 5, 2005, 12:40 PM   #1
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I was watching a programme on TV called A Digital Picture Of Britain and a photographer was walking through a park with camera in hand. Every now and then he would point his camera at the palm of his hand andI was wondering if he was setting a manual white balance from his hand. Can this be done.?
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Old Jul 5, 2005, 3:10 PM   #2
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It is an old metering trick from the film camera days. Meter off your hand to get the exposure...but probably not WB...that would usually require a White card for the camera to read.
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I agree, you would need a gray or white card in order to set white balance, but it would give a good indication of exposure level.
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Old Jul 5, 2005, 10:46 PM   #4
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Yup, an old trick for exposure. Take a reading on your palm and open one stop - YMMV. The big advantage over a gray card is that you are unlikely to leave your palm at home.
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Old Jul 6, 2005, 5:31 AM   #5
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Thanks for clearing that up for me. You're probably right about this being a trick for film cameras because the photographers in the programme were film users who were asked to try digital. Here's a link if anyone is interested.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/apictureofbritain/
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I've always gotten a little mixed up with this. When you open a stop are you going to f8 from f5.6 or the other way round.


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You have it nlp - opening one stop means letting twice as much light into the camera, e.g., going from 1/200th to 1/100th.
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