White balance

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  1. Boz Mon

    Boz Mon TPF Noob!

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    Could someone tell me the procedure to white balance a D40? I have been trying to do it according to the manual and it always tells me it cant do it. Whats your method?
     
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    Do you have the camera in Manual mode, shutter priority, or Apeture priority? I don't think it will let you change white balance unless you are using one of those modes.
     
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    I use manual. I was trying over winter to do it once using snow as the white and it still wouldnt work for me.
     
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    I use my 50 and just get as close as possible to what I want to use as reference and take the shot.

    I only have enough patience to try for about 2 mins though before I give up and edit the WB in the Raw conversion.
     
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    I'll start off by saying this is approaching my technical limit.

    But are you trying to set your white balance and forget it?

    If you are, I believe white will appear different depending on the colour temperature of the ambient lighting. Technical pro's calibrate white balance based on the room and lighting they are shooting in. It must be reset if you move to a different room or change your lighting. This is why most people use automatic white balance or choose some of the precalibrated settings like "cloudy" etc... I'm not sure about the D40, but on my D60 i can further tweek a setting like "cloudy" to obtain the desirable result.


    Also as someone else has mentioned, WB can be adjusted in PP if you happen to be off. I prefer using the camera's onboard monitor to get it right instead of this method but to each his own.
     
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    how so?^^^^ i would like to know how to adjust the WB preset, settings as well....
     
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    Press Menu
    Select WB
    Select a desired setting "shade"
    While shade is highlighted press the middle button

    This is brings up a hue adjustment screen... adjust to taste...

    I find the auto WB on the D60 to be a little cold(blue) for me... I usually make adjustments starting from the "Cloudy" preset.
     
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    Best bet is to shoot a Digital Calibration Target under the lighting conditions you will be using and set your WB for your images in post.
     
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    or an expodisc

    but I don't get the feeling the OP is setting up a shoot....
     
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    Hm, I actually recommend shooting in RAW and then adjusting your white balance later in the RAW converter - as has already been mentioned above.
     
  11. JerryPH

    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I also shoot 95% of the time in RAW and adjust in post process.

    Some additional info on WB here.
     
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    Unless Nikon is really different from Canon on this one the procedure should follow something like this:

    First you need a white target. Keep in mind that white ain't always white. White paper will often fool the camera sensor. The human brain will compensate for minor color variations of white. The target posted by Jim H looks to be a good one. I personally use this one. 18% gray target on one side, white target on the other.

    Place the white target in the light you are going to be shooting in with the target toward the camera. Fill the viewfinder with the target and focus. Take the shot.

    Now select custom white balance. The camera should ask you to pick a photo from what is on your card. Pick the white target you just shot. You just set a custom white balance for the light you are in. Light changes, do another custom white balance for the change in light.

    I go one step further to make post processing easier. After I shoot a WB and set it I shoot the 18% gray target. That gives me something to work with for touch ups in post processing.

    With a little practice you can accomplish both in a couple of minutes. For me it is worth it, even though I shoot raw. I rarely have to adjust my WB in post processing which saves time.
     

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