Grey Card

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  1. Artemis

    Artemis Just Punked Himself

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    I know this has been posted before but can I print a grey card instead of buying one, that would be so much easier....

    Is it possible?
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    That would be nice eh? The problem is that every printer is different.

    I guess if you had an accurate grey card to compare the print to, you could fine tune it to get a good one.
     
  3. Patrick

    Patrick TPF Noob!

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    B&H carries them. Kinda cheap if I remember.

    Bought myself a 2 pack last year.

    And for God's sake don't go though Adorama...Still dealing with the purchase from HELL with them. IMO
     
  4. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    The palm of your hand is probably 1 stop brighter than a gray card.
     
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    spiralout TPF Noob!

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    Haha, it'd be more trouble than it's worth. You'd have to have your printer calibrated PERFECTLY. I bought a gray card from B&H a couple months ago. They're pretty cheap.
     
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    DocFrankenstein Clinically Insane?

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    If you have your color management set up correctly, then you don't need to worry - it's gonna be 18% gray.

    If not... I'd buy one. They're cheap enough not to worry about it.

    If you spend an hour thinking about it, it just cost you 10 bucks.
     
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    Kodak - at one time and, perhaps, still does make a nice Grey Card along with a color patch and a Grey Scale. I glued the color patch at the top of the Grey Card and the Grey Scale on the bottom.

    The constructed device was great for copy work and many other photographic projects.

    Hope this is useful!

    Bill
     
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    I printed out a sheet of 18% gray a while ago, and it served me well in a number of situations. Having said that, I have since bought a gray card from B&H and it is quite a bit different from what I got from my printer. So you might get by with something from your printer but if you want to be precise it would be better to spend the $3.

    Dave
     
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    Good substitutes for the grey Card are you lawn or a dark red Object. Ernie
     

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