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    So, do most of you ladies meter your white balance or use a preset on the camera? I just got my grey cards to give metering a shot. What's your input on WB? Anything you've done that works best?
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    I just use the cloudy or shade preset on the camera when I'm outside. Inside, they're way too yellow, so I'll switch it over to tungsten. I don't have and haven't used a grey card before. I won't say I won't ever use one, but as of right now, I haven't had much of a problem adjusting my WB with my RAW files in ACR. (wow, that was a lot of acronyms...).
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    Ever since reading "Understanding Exposure", I use Cloudy as my WB setting whenever I'm outdoors (with the odd, rare exception). I usually use Fluorescent indoors, but play with it depending on the room I'm in, to visually see which is the closest to the colours I see with my own eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladybugsteph View Post
    I just use the cloudy or shade preset on the camera when I'm outside. Inside, they're way too yellow, so I'll switch it over to tungsten. I don't have and haven't used a grey card before. I won't say I won't ever use one, but as of right now, I haven't had much of a problem adjusting my WB with my RAW files in ACR. (wow, that was a lot of acronyms...).
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    Thank you so much ladies! I just might try more playing with the presets. I guess when I visit ILP they talk about metering whitebalance in a lot of the great photos I've viewed. I'm so happy to see your photos are made *without* doing that. Cause they look just as fabulous! It can be very tricky. At least for me. I'm so in love with my camera though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrakePlusOne View Post
    I'm so happy to see your photos are made *without* doing that. Cause they look just as fabulous!
    Sometimes I think we make things a bit too complicated. It was a real treat -- and relief! -- for me to read in Understanding Exposure that a highly successful photographer like Peterson pretty much leaves his camera on Cloudy unless indoors or in unusual situations. Kind of like when I hear about people shooting in Aperture Priority over Manual. It's just nice to know that photographers I respect and admire take these routes too, and they're not cop-outs! (Actually yesterday when my kids in some changing light, I shot in AP for the first time in many months and it felt a little freeing!)

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    I'm sure that a grey card can help cut down on some processing, but I honestly (at this point) don't mind adjusting white balance in my processing. I thought that maybe I have been doing something "wrong" with not using a grey card after reading all over ILP about it, until I then saw that Lisa Holloway doesn't really watch her WB at all. I really admire her work, and think her processing is beautiful. Most of her WB is done in PP. Man, I'd love to be a fly on her wall while she's in Photoshop
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