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Do you always set the White Balance?
Or do you just use the Auto setting?.

Of course my goal is to totally learn my camera inside and out and always shoot on Manual, but I'm not there yet...

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My D40 is flawless in AUTO WB mode outdoors, and utterly hopeless indoors (with artificial light, that is).

However, I shoot RAW so WB is not an issue for me..

In the very rare cases that I don't shoot RAW, I leave it always in Auto when outdoors, and set it manually when indoors with artificial light.

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Comment #1

I believe that most digital cameras are less then perfect when using Auto WB....I also shoot 90% raw so no not then, but when shooting jpeg my KM A2 is hopeless then yes...always.Fred, KM A2 and F30'Your best Photo should be viewed with a biased eye'http://coolsiggy.smugmug.com/..

Comment #2

It really depends on what kinds of subjects you shoot..

For example, outdoors I shoot mainly landscapes. During different lighting conditions, for example stormy clouds, or sunsets, the one thing I definitely do not want is the auto WB control to intervene and neutralise what I am trying to capture. So I mostly use a fixed pre-set WB for these shots..

On the other hand, when my pictures include people as the main subject, my priorities are different, I want a more neutral rendition of skin tones, so auto *might* be the most appropriate setting..

Indoors, things are different. If the lighting is mostly tungsten, I choose that setting. If using flash, I choose either flash or daylight pre-set. But sometimes the lighting is a combination of tungsten and flash. The auto setting works best for this..

Other subjects benefit from a custom white balance. Particularly macro shots, or copying of paintings and pictures, I set the WB manually using a piece of white card as the reference..

But there is no definite answer. Say for example I have an old black ink drawing on white paper. Do I choose to render the white paper as pure white? Or to capture the fact that the paper has turned yellow with age? Both are correct, it is a matter of choice.Regards,Peter..

Comment #3

What AncientMariner said..

My camera (Pentax K100D) does a good job in day light with auto WB. But for fluorescent or tungsten lights it needs to be set separately. if you shoot RAW it doesn;t matter, you fix it later..

Best wishesMike..

Comment #4

I used to use the auto white balance when I first started shooting digital, but I found I didn't like the unpredictability of it. Maybe it's just a hold-over from shooting slide film for so long, but I'm much happier using a set WB setting so that I'm more certain of how the camera will see a scene...

Comment #5

I used to think just fixing it in RAW later was fine, but more and more if I'm indoors I'll set the WB - maybe meter off someone's white shirt or something like that. And then when I go to process the images they have a consistent look, and it's one more thing I don't have to fix..

Comment #6

TaoMaas wrote:.

I used to use the auto white balance when I first started shootingdigital, but I found I didn't like the unpredictability of it. Maybeit's just a hold-over from shooting slide film for so long, but I'mmuch happier using a set WB setting so that I'm more certain of howthe camera will see a scene..

Same here,.

Even outdoors, I set the WB to Sunny or Cloudy. On occasion, I use auto WB but try not to...

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