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    White Balance Question

    Trying to work out the kink's of a new camera and software. This should be properly white balanced, but for some reason visually appears slightly off to me? Anyone that is view from a calibrated monitor would you mind give me your thoughts.
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    Re: White Balance Question

    Monitor I'm on isn't calibrated, but looks fine to me. I might adjust levels a tad and might warm it up a tiny bit, but that's just me. I set my cameras for 5400 Kelvin most of the time.

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    Re: White Balance Question

    David,
    I appreciate the feedback, I think I am going to use my ColorChecker card and see what the results are.
    Thanks again,
    Greg

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    Re: White Balance Question

    The image looks fine on my calibrated screen, I wouldn't change the greybal.

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    Re: White Balance Question

    Greg,

    You might also want to check the image in different browsers. You might notice a difference.

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    Re: White Balance Question

    Actually the model's skin looks a tad "tallow" or ever so slightly yellow/green on my monitor, and some people just have that color skin. With it, even a perfect WB at capture won't help because the red toned skin goes too red or orange with a WB correction. Best bet for these IMHO is to use a warmer light during the shoot, like a soft-gold fill reflector or very light "Sun" gel over the main.
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    Re: White Balance Question

    Here is where I am at this point. I have been color balancing of of the grey portion for image 1, I switched to the white for my color balance on image 2 and it looks much better to me. (no warming done, trying to get my color right first) Anyone have any thoughts?
    Thanks for everyones help!
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    Re: White Balance Question

    Looks better to me, too, even on uncalibrated laptop. +1 to what Jack mentioned too, in the case of skin tones tending more to "tallow".

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    Re: White Balance Question

    Jack,
    Thanks for your input, I will give that a try!
    Greg

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    Re: White Balance Question

    There is a magenta cast in your grey card according to my display of it.
    white is dead neutral. I am using the mac digital color meter and reading off the screen.
    I shot a gal the other day who really had and was proud of her "Olive" skin and indeed, I took pains to maintain it.
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    Re: White Balance Question

    Fun happens when you have a family and there are three different skin tones going on; dad is red'ish, mom is pretty good, daughter is blonde and pale, son is a bit olive. Or a mixed race family with dark complextion and white complextion parents and then kids. Or a family with a horse.....and you can be sure they will be more concerned with how accurate the horse looks rather than themselves.

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    Re: White Balance Question

    For me the new image is a touch too red but then the call is yours/your client's preference. I would balance on the mid grey and do a slight overall gradation change to how you would like it to be.

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