White balancing in ACR

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  1. aliciaqw

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    When I white balance in Adobe Camera Raw, do I use why eye dropper on the 18% gray card or my white card?

    Thanks!
     
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    Anyone? Looking for my best way to WB after the fact. I just ordered a white balance/gray card today...
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    You could use either.

    What you are looking for, when setting your WB with the eyedropper...is something that is color neutral...(R, B & G numbers the same). When I use the eyedropper, there is a display that shows the color that is under the dropper....it shows the three number value so I just move my dropper around tones/colors that I think should be fairly neutral. When I find the spot where the numbers are the closest...that's where I click.
     
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    Thanks, Mike. That's the answer I was looking for :) You're the best!
     
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    Both should work in theory, but ...

    ... using the white may not work. If the white is overexposed enough that it clips (R, G, and/or B values of 254) its not a valid target. Even when the values are a little lower they could be questionable. I never rely on sampling whites with values lighter than the mid 240s.
     
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    Do you have to shoot each shot with a WB card in it?
     
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    Just once for each lighting environment.
     
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    OP, not trying to thread jack and I can take it to PM if you prefer.

    KmH, How would I use it on one picture that didn't have the card in it?
     
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    You can do what BigMike suggested, I think.
     
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    You can use one setting, and apply it to as many images as you want.

    For example: in Lightroom I open a set of images from a photo shoot, I pick an image and find the WB setting that I want. It doesn't always have to be accurate, I often choose what looks good over what is accurate. Once I have it set, I select all the other images there were shot with the same lighting conditions and click the 'sync' button. I choose to sync the WB and then hit OK/apply. It applies that WB setting to all of the images in a matter of seconds.

    You don't need LR to do this, most RAW processing software will allow you to copy settings from one image to another (or a group of other images).

    If all your shots are under different lighting, then this obviously won't work well.
     

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