How to Do Custom Camera White Balance with a Gray Card
On this video photographer Phil Steele looks at two simple ways to set your white balance currently both before you take your pictures and afterwards in post production.
Although you can usually change your white balance in post production, we typically suggest that you try and set it correctly while you are still shooting (it saves time and it is simply a better way of working). Using a simple grey card (like this one from Lastolite for example) is easy. All you need to do is put the card as close as possible to the subject you are shooting in exactly the same light as you are shooting in and set your camera to set your camera to capture a custom white balance (the process is a little bit different for each camera and you should check your manual or online to see how it is done on yours – Steele shows how it is done on a Canon camera – on Nikon for example it is a bit different). Just don’t forget to set your white balance back (or make another custom one) when you move into a different lighting scenario.