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Michael_D5000   South San Francisco Bay Area, US  Registered since 14th Dec 2009 Tue 15-Dec-09 08:44 PM
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"Nikon D5000 "PRE" White Balance (how to use...)"
Tue 15-Dec-09 08:45 PM by Michael_D5000


LEVEL: Moved from compact camera to DSLR -- not beginner, but definitely need to learn more!
BACKGROUND: Painting, Web Development
EQUIPMENT: Nikon D5000, kit lens 18-55mm
ACCESSORIES: Hoya UV Super-HMC filter

    Is it absolutely necessary to perform my "PRE" White Balance test with the filter off (I read it has a blue tint but...)

    Is it okay to not use a lens hood to do the "PRE" test? (I don't have one and should I get one and why?


Much appreciation for all your help and hope I'm using this forum correctly (am I in the correct location for these types of question?)

Merry Christmas!

  

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nwcs Silver Member Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Landscape and Wildlife Photography   Knoxville, US  Nikonian since 15th Jan 2006 Tue 15-Dec-09 08:56 PM
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Tue 15-Dec-09 08:57 PM by nwcs


Personally I don't use filters at all, especially when I'm going for white balance accuracy. I would recommend it not being on at all but if you leave it on I'd do a white balance adjustment while it is on.

You can use or not use a lens hood during the measurement. It doesn't make any difference in the result.

The D5000 forum is the best place for this and I'm sure one of our friendly admins will move this over there.

Oh, and welcome to Nikonians!

  

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas   US  Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007 Tue 15-Dec-09 09:02 PM
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Hi Mikel,

Welcome to Nikonians!

>Is it absolutely necessary to perform my "PRE" White Balance test with the filter off (I read it has a blue tint but...)

If you are going to use the filter when you shoot, then Pre-set the WB with the filter On.
If you are going to shoot without the filter, then Pre-set the WB with the filter Off.

>Is it okay to not use a lens hood to do the "PRE" test? (I don't have one and should I get one and why?

Yes! I use an Expodisc to pre-set the WB and a hood gets in the way.
If you are using a gray card I would use a hood on the lens.
I would recommend using a lens hood all the time. I do.
1. A lens hood will reduce the possibility of flare and ghosting.
2. A lens hood adds a layer of protection between the front element of the lens and your surroundings.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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TCnBham   Birmingham, US  Registered since 10th May 2009 Tue 15-Dec-09 10:59 PM
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I have nothing to add to the excellent advice given other than to say there is one more option: put a gray card (if possible) in the scene, take a shot, remove the gray card, and you can adjust the WB in PP by using the midtone picker in any given PP software with the rest of the shots taken in the same situation. This one works well: http://www.lastolite.com/ezybalance.php Plus, it takes up little room in your bag and can be used to either pre-set, or after the fact setting, as mentioned above.


Terry Crain

I think a photography class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather than just look at it.

  

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Michael_D5000   South San Francisco Bay Area, US  Registered since 14th Dec 2009 Wed 16-Dec-09 06:30 PM
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TO: nwcs, MEMcD, TCnBham

WOW! I was sorta worried I wouldn't get any responses but you all responded with allot of insightful knowledge and I truly appreciate it! Merry Christmas and happy photoing! THANK YOU for the tips and advice!

  

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