Monday, January 02, 2006
White Balance Card
Those of you who are serious digital shooters know how important getting the white balance correctly set is. This is especially a problem when shooting indoors, where the dominant light may be florescent, incandescent, sunlight or a combination of all!
I've been successfully using a product called the WhiBal card. WhiBal is a set of white/black card, and two shades of gray cards attached in one corner. I use the smaller cards, which are 2 x 3.5-inch in size. I can quickly fan them out, place them under the ambient light, shoot a test image and set the appropriate white balance (or custom white balance) in just a few seconds. By examining the first test shot, it's quite obvious whether I'm "in the groove", or not. Although a bit pricy, it has saved me a lot of time during commercial shoots in avoiding hours of post-processing. It's always best to get the shot right "in camera", rather than use Photoshop to fix things after the fact.
Check out: http://www.rawworkflow.com/products/whibal/index.html. Cost is $40 for the smaller size.