White balance and mixed conditions

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  1. zedin

    zedin TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Ok. I have the whole WB thing figured out with my camera (mainly just calibrate each time I go shooting for the light). My question comes from when doing landscapes with a good amount of cloud cover. (or any scene with mixed light) Should I set the white balance off of the sunlight areas? Like in a landscape with spotty 50% cloud cover. About half the scene is being hit by direct light while the other half shaded. Do I still go off direct light WB?
     
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    Set it to 5000K and you should be OK.
     
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    I think experiment is a good answer. Of course RAW is a simple answer, but you should still try and get it close. Generally I set the WB once and call it good. In tricky situations I start with getting a good exposure. Then try and get the highlights the right color. Personally I toggle between my fave setting for the scene and auto. I do not like to play with settings too much. Commercially is a whole different story.
     

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