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    Hi,

    Can anyone teach me how to go about creating a customized white balance which is suitable for most occasions? (I know shooting in RAW can turn WB later on, but i'd like learn how to have the photos WB looking decent before i process it). And is there anything such as a general WB for most type of situations?

    Can anyone put in layman terms how does "focusing @ infinity" works? I'm curious how everything can be in focus from near to far.

    Hope some kind soul can enlighten me.

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    Default Re: White Balance

    You can't, WB differs from location to location, no 1 WB fits all.

    I think you're referring to hyperfocusing, internet a lot of articles on it.
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    yes i agree with espn.
    there isnt a WB that suits all/most situations.
    for example; cloudy day, sunny day, indoor, outdoor, different type of lightbulbs/tube, all have different white balance

    hyper focusing is a technique used in photography. there is some calculations involved to calculate hyper focal distance.

    when used:
    subjects half this hyper focal distance to infinity will be in focus
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaknafein
    yes i agree with espn.
    there isnt a WB that suits all/most situations.
    for example; cloudy day, sunny day, indoor, outdoor, different type of lightbulbs/tube, all have different white balance

    hyper focusing is a technique used in photography. there is some calculations involved to calculate hyper focal distance.

    when used:
    subjects half this hyper focal distance to infinity will be in focus



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    i like shooting with flash setting for white balance. Makes bright daylight look warmer

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    Who say there is no one kind of white balance fit all?

    Don't we know that our camera have a setting call AUTO White Balance??

    This is the setting installed by the factory for us to use One Setting to Fit All type of situations.

    for Q2
    The proper term is call hyper focus, layman call it "long jong sharp"

    very hard to explain in layman term, becasue it is too technical, please do a internet search, someone with sq hat will explain it better, also got pictures for you to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsybitsyspidy
    Hi,

    Can anyone teach me how to go about creating a customized white balance which is suitable for most occasions? (I know shooting in RAW can turn WB later on, but i'd like learn how to have the photos WB looking decent before i process it). And is there anything such as a general WB for most type of situations?

    Can anyone put in layman terms how does "focusing @ infinity" works? I'm curious how everything can be in focus from near to far.

    Hope some kind soul can enlighten me.
    Hope you find this these helpful

    1) Single white balance setting ?

    http://www.planetneil.com/nikon/white-balance.html

    2) Getting the correct white balance before each shots

    http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tu.../dig-exp.shtml

    Refer to Step 2 Set White Balance

    3) Hyperfocal distance formula

    http://tangentsoft.net/fcalc/help/Hyperfocal.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights
    Who say there is no one kind of white balance fit all?

    Don't we know that our camera have a setting call AUTO White Balance??
    I don't know have this AUTO white balance leh... oh please enlighten me great guru...


    He did ask for customised white balance...

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    Quote Originally Posted by espn
    I don't know have this AUTO white balance leh... oh please enlighten me great guru...


    He did ask for customised white balance...
    One of my photographer friend telling the client the white balance in the ballroom are very tricky during a shoot, the light keep changing, the client reply him why don't he use AUTO white balance?

    Of couse there is no one white balance setting can fit all lar, just like one exposure setting can fit all kind of brightness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights
    Who say there is no one kind of white balance fit all?

    Don't we know that our camera have a setting call AUTO White Balance??

    This is the setting installed by the factory for us to use One Setting to Fit All type of situations.

    for Q2
    The proper term is call hyper focus, layman call it "long jong sharp"

    very hard to explain in layman term, becasue it is too technical, please do a internet search, someone with sq hat will explain it better, also got pictures for you to see.
    1. AWB does fit all type of situations, but rarely chooses the best setting. Unless you're prepared to do a WB callibration for each circumstance, AWB provides a good starting point to be adjusted in post-processing. If you're worried about WB then shoot raw and correct later.

    2. The correct term is 'hyperfocal distance". 'Hyper focus' is a state of mind associated with ADHD.

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    Default Re: White Balance

    Quote Originally Posted by cyber_m0nkey
    1. AWB does fit all type of situations, but rarely chooses the best setting. Unless you're prepared to do a WB callibration for each circumstance, AWB provides a good starting point to be adjusted in post-processing. If you're worried about WB then shoot raw and correct later.

    2. The correct term is 'hyperfocal distance". 'Hyper focus' is a state of mind associated with ADHD.
    for Q1, is wrote it with a pun. How to have one setting fit all?

    for Q2, sorry, wrote it in 3am, mind not really working.

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