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    Kelvin white balance

    I was going to send this as a message to Rocky as he just got a D7100 as well but thought that this would be great to share with everyone that hasn't explored the white balance settings of "K"elvin.

    When shooting a sunset or rise it never seems to match as well as I would like. By adjusting the Kelvin setting you can really dial it in. To access the Kelvin setting you hold down the WB button on the back of the camera and rotate through the various white balance settings until you reach "K". Then use the front dial to raise or lower the Kelvin number. Higher the number gets into the blue light spectrum. Lower number goes into the yellow.

    ​If you haven't played with this you gotta give it a try!


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    Re: Kelvin white balance

    Quote Originally Posted by Moab Man View Post
    I was going to send this as a message to Rocky as he just got a D7100 as well but thought that this would be great to share with everyone that hasn't explored the white balance settings of "K"elvin.

    When shooting a sunset or rise it never seems to match as well as I would like. By adjusting the Kelvin setting you can really dial it in. To access the Kelvin setting you hold down the WB button on the back of the camera and rotate through the various white balance settings until you reach "K". Then use the front dial to raise or lower the Kelvin number. Higher the number gets into the blue light spectrum. Lower number goes into the yellow.

    ​If you haven't played with this you gotta give it a try!
    Moab, very nice!!! I did not know that feature existed (by K). I do not know how much I will use it... I normally shoot auto and if it needs a tweak, I do it right in LR... It is nice to see the results right on the screen..

    I shot 3 here at work and will see how they adjust in LR..

    Again, Thanks! Another bit of knowledge!

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    Re: Kelvin white balance

    I have found that if I am in a unusual light then RAW is much easier to deal with. I leave the white balance on Auto all the time. The only time it has really been off is shooting under street lights at night.

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    Re: Kelvin white balance

    I agree, auto WB is really good. But there are those wacky colors that can befuddle the technology so I wanted to highlight this additional tool in the tool box.
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    Re: Kelvin white balance

    thanks for the tip, going to try this
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    Re: Kelvin white balance

    Moab Man is absolutely right. I've used this method a few times on my D200. Here are 3 examples of using K in extremes, from low K to very high K:

    Kelvin white balance-dsc_1502.jpg Kelvin white balance-dsc_1500.jpg Kelvin white balance-dsc_1501.jpg

    The only settings changed were the K settings. Everything else was exactly the same. Notice the difference in colour.
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    Re: Kelvin white balance

    Auto White Balance gets you close but being able to adjust the Kelvin is critical. However, I don't do it in camera; I shoot in Raw and adjust in post processing so I don't have to worry about making changes while shooting.

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    Re: Kelvin white balance

    Quote Originally Posted by fotojack View Post
    Moab Man is absolutely right. I've used this method a few times on my D200. Here are 3 examples of using K in extremes, from low K to very high K:

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    The only settings changed were the K settings. Everything else was exactly the same. Notice the difference in colour.

    Good samples Jack... I took 3 at work I will post up here after...

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    Re: Kelvin white balance

    When Moab posted this earlier, I was at work... so I tried it and it worked just fine..

    Now that I am home... here are the 3 shots into the QC Lab
    The first was at 4850, 2nd was adjusted to 3450K, 3rd was 6850K
    In LR, if I set to Auto, they go to 4500 for reference.

    Kelvin white balance-dsc_0359.jpg Kelvin white balance-dsc_0360.jpg Kelvin white balance-dsc_0361.jpg

    Again, thanks to Moab Man for pointing this out to me...'

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    Re: Kelvin white balance

    Rocky you're welcome.

    ​I know some prefer to just doing the adjustment in post with the raw files, but here is my thinking. The closer to correct I can be from the start the better off I am. Adjustments could always have unintended adjustments. BUT, i'm not trying to change anyone's process or tell them they're wrong. Just pointing out one more tool you might want to try if you have not played with it.
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