Correcting white balance when using strobes

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  1. KrisHunt

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    I tried a few shots against a white wall the other day using a 580EXII and an AB800. The white balance on the camera was set to 7000K, but all the pictures had a blue cast. I tried setting a custom white balance based on the overexposed white wall by itself, but that made the pictures extremely magenta. I was shooting in RAW, so the blue cast was an easy fix, but is there a way to fix this in the first place? I suspect the answer involves flash gels, but I wanted the advice of someone experienced before I spend the money.
     
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    Set the camera to daylight.



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    does your camera have a PRE mode for WB? I know mine does and I have a white card I use to set it with my alien bees.

    I don't always remember to, however but when I do it's super easy. hold it in the light, make the right settings and take a photo of the card and it sets the white balance for me.

    it even does a good job of countering my weird room + strobe lighting

    I don't honestly remember if I used the pre mode on this but it looks pretty good. it would have been in auto mode with two alien bees and the incandescent lights too if I didn't
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    Your Bees are "pre" set to 5600K. I can't say the same for your Canon flash. I'm sure its somewhere close to that though.

    When shooting with my AB800's, I set my WB to 5600K. Normally its pretty spot on, the only way to really get a perfect white balance is to get a grey card or a white balance card like an ExpoDisc. I personally use the ProDiskII.

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