Any tips for correcting white balance around leaves without shooting a gray card or white object every time? I think the leaves are adding a green color. The resulting light doesn't match any color temperature available with the sunlight/cloudy/shade spectrum. Selecting a gray point works, but there might not be a neutral color available. I'm using the Nikon converters.
#1. "RE: White balance under trees" | In response to Reply # 0elec164 Nikonian since 15th Jan 2009Tue 17-Jul-12 11:25 PM
Depends on how far under the trees.
A sample image would answer a lot of questions in my mind. But one thought is that deep dense shade can easily reach 9000 to 10000K. The cloudy setting in the Picture Controls is only 8000K which is also what AWB tops out at.
So it could very well be the leaves are causing a green cast to the subject, or the very cool temperature requires either a Pre-Custom WB or set it yourself manually with the kelvin settings.
Just some thoughts, hope they help.
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#2. "RE: White balance under trees" | In response to Reply # 0HBB Charter MemberThu 19-Jul-12 12:00 AM
Pete is correct: Dense shade can easily reach 8,000 K and beyond.
I have tested color temperatures of various illuminants with my Sekonic C500R meter when they are reflected off various colored surfaces, and the WB does change accordingly.
In the absence of a color temperature meter to capture a fairly precise value to use with the camera's Custom WB selections, the Auto WB is the next best option. In my experience, the Nikon Auto WB function does a pretty good job of providing a starting point that can be easily adjusted in RAW if necessary.
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#3. "RE: White balance under trees" | In response to Reply # 0PeterBeckett Nikonian since 04th Jan 2010Thu 19-Jul-12 12:06 AM
Your equipment profile shows that you have a D800E, which suggests that you might either are, or possibly "wannabe", a reasonably serious photographer. That being so, I strongly advise you to buy an ExpoDisc - and use it whenever you want accurate colours to be captured in-camera. Using one is extremely quick and its use should lead to excellent originals!