I got my gray card ...

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I got my gray card ...

now everything looks so warm!!!!! How does she look to you? (I know one eye is slightly OOF, I'm just looking for thoughts on color). I only used the gray card in ACR for color and did nothing else to the photo.

Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/3.2
Focal Length: 51 mm
ISO Speed: 200

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I think it looks great! (not calibrated, but still looks great!)

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how did you do it? did you take a picture with the grey card and then wb based on that and copied to all files?

not calibrated but does look a tad warm on my comp, like its sunset or something

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I think it looks good, but I prefer warmer images.

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I think it looks a bit warm.

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"LJB07" wrote:

how did you do it? did you take a picture with the grey card and then wb based on that and copied to all files?

yes, that's exactly how I did it. and I've read that things tend to look warmer than you're used to when you first start using a gray card. but I just don't know, I don't want them to be TOO warm, ya know? I'll continue to use it and see how it goes, I guess.

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It looks a touch warm to me...but nothing terrible. My grey card tends to err on the side of warm too. The image is also a touch underexposed which will exacerbate slight color problems.

Just checked the numbers and they are almost perfect! I did a color balance layer adding +6 to the blue...-2 red under hilights and +2 blue -3 red on the midtones and it looks just about perfect! I'd say your grey card is a success.

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I'm with Tiffany - looks a bit warm, but I prefer warm pictures. And FYI - I find that they sell better. People tend to think a child looks "healthier" in a warmer version.

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She is a bit warm, but I like warmer pics. YAY for a new gray card!

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ooh fun! I got a gray card in the mail the other day, I added it on with my new memory cards, did I mention to you guys that adorama has 8gb sandisk cards 3 for $70, there is a mail in rebate though, but still a good deal, okay sorry to go off topic

but I plan to use it the way you are. There was something I read on a blog where she used her gray card and then the dropper to correct, let me see if I can find it, here it is http://momaziggypsfun.blogspot.com/2009/10/why-i-shoot-raw-part-2.html

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I agree its a bit warm. But I tend to like warm images.

I usually take a picture of the gray card to where the subject will be. Then I make the WB adjustment set in the camera to custom WB and choose the picture of the gray card.

I have not done it on photoshop to apply. I usually set it on camera.

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"AmberBella" wrote:

It looks a touch warm to me...but nothing terrible. My grey card tends to err on the side of warm too. The image is also a touch underexposed which will exacerbate slight color problems.

Just checked the numbers and they are almost perfect! I did a color balance layer adding +6 to the blue...-2 red under hilights and +2 blue -3 red on the midtones and it looks just about perfect! I'd say your grey card is a success.

thanks! that's very good to know. I used it yesterday, and didn't have quite the same success (mainly because I should have used it more than the two times that I did, as the light seemed to change).

Marcie - thanks for that link, I already read it and it was very informative. Wink I wish I had CS4, my ACR is definitely more limited with Elements than the author's.