Ok im aware that It maybe just me struggling to come to grips with this camera i got... still im getting a repeatitive mix of problems with whitebalance settings when not on auto.
In the studio I affixed my flash heads to a trigger join and bundled it onto my manual flash trigger mount.
Then having owned a d100 i relised i needed to set some sort of flash setting within the camera so looking up specifically i selected the WB first to be flash and then set my flash option to manual mode so that i could use my strobes.
Now the strobes fired... and the light metering was selected based on a handheld flashmeter. I set shutter 120/th a sec and chose f16 two modelling lamps were on for the strobes.
Now when i look at the photos... I get a distinct pinky red colorshift. I should think if the flashes hadnt fired it'd be orange not pink so am at a loss to figure out where i went wrong. any good advice appreciated.
#1. "RE: D7000 color balance issues." | In response to Reply # 0briantilley Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003Thu 09-Dec-10 01:27 PM
Welcome to Nikonians!
If your flash heads have a similar colour temperature to Nikon Speedlights, then using the Flash WB should be fine.
Did you mean that your shutter speed was 1/20th second? If so, this is probably slow enough to let the ambient lighting (whatever it was) affect the exposure. Unless you're trying for a special effect, I'd try again at 1/125th or 1/200th. If you want to include both ambient and flash illumination you'd need to go back to Auto WB or fit some colour filters to the flash heads to match the ambient light.
#2. "RE: D7000 color balance issues." | In response to Reply # 1ricphoto Registered since 29th Aug 2006Thu 09-Dec-10 01:47 PM
The best WB setting for strobes is "PRE"...setting a custom WB with a grey card
There are many variables that can effect your strobe color temp...quality of the strobes themselves, age of bulbs/flash tubes, condition and quality of modifiers, surrounding surfaces etc.
I have a few old (really old) Photoflex medium striplights that get a lot of use and as a result have yellowed a tiny bit and are a few hundred degrees warmer than my ProFoto modifiers. I like the warmth in them as kickers or rims so I haven't changed out the diffusion panels and just make sure that my WB is custom set for my KEY light and let the rest fall where they may.
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