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    Default which white balance is correct when shooting at night?

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    example above are 2 photos of diff wb..
    which of wb is correct? actually i prefer the orangy it looks nicer.. the one wif cooler wb looks more plain-ish

    anyone care to share?
    or any better pics wif correct wb?

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    Default Re: which white balance is correct when shooting at night?

    Actually, I would like to think that which WB is correct depends on what are you trying to relay to your viewers. E.g. Blue can mean peace/calm/cold etc. OTOH, if you are trying to get the colors as close as to what you saw, the judgement have to be made yourself if it actually the "reality" you saw.

    But also the question of "Realistic or not" is another matter itself (I'm trying to imagine solid ice cubes (not melting) with warm tones), but I will still stick to my statement above. *I'm not trying to say that the pictures uploaded above above are not realistic*
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    in your explanation..... i would say.... that it's entirely up to you

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    for me... usually i go for warm color for sunset and dusk/night.. and cooler color for dawn and sunrise..
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    use auto first, if you don't like it, than adjust the white balance.

    There is no right or wrong, it up to individual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lcheowl View Post
    use auto first, if you don't like it, than adjust the white balance.

    There is no right or wrong, it up to individual.
    Ya Agreed!!! Use auto first and adjust later...
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    For me I am more concern on portraiture. Skin tone should be correct temperature. Especially when u shooting at hotel indoor, all the lights are usually warm light and I usually go with custom WB. Or maybe u shoot RAW

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    Default Re: which white balance is correct when shooting at night?

    there is no correct white balance to use for nigh cityscape scene.

    I use Kelvin, Tungsten, Fluorescent, or Daylight depends on the time of the shots and the mood I want to create.
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    Default Re: which white balance is correct when shooting at night?

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    there is no correct white balance to use for nigh cityscape scene.

    I use Kelvin, Tungsten, Fluorescent, or Daylight depends on the time of the shots and the mood I want to create.
    i use auto white balance.

    but i use curves to create the mood :x

    something bluish

    something reddish
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    Default Re: which white balance is correct when shooting at night?

    It is up to you.

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    thanks all!

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    With regards to the pics above.. I would like to ask, for long exposures like the pictures above.. Given same location but if i am using d90+tamron17-55mm i am shooting same composition.. I use f/16, shutter:30secs, isoL1.0, wB: tungsten and clouds.. To get crisp and sharp pics shud i stick to f/16, 30secs or f/11,30secs, which settings is better f/16,13,11 or 18? Shutter: 30s, 25s, or bulb? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by snipshot View Post
    With regards to the pics above.. I would like to ask, for long exposures like the pictures above.. Given same location but if i am using d90+tamron17-55mm i am shooting same composition.. I use f/16, shutter:30secs, isoL1.0, wB: tungsten and clouds.. To get crisp and sharp pics shud i stick to f/16, 30secs or f/11,30secs, which settings is better f/16,13,11 or 18? Shutter: 30s, 25s, or bulb? Thanks
    you should start your own thread. no one will bother helping because the thread title and what you're asking are different subjects

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    Default Re: which white balance is correct when shooting at night?

    Quote Originally Posted by snipshot View Post
    With regards to the pics above.. I would like to ask, for long exposures like the pictures above.. Given same location but if i am using d90+tamron17-55mm i am shooting same composition.. I use f/16, shutter:30secs, isoL1.0, wB: tungsten and clouds.. To get crisp and sharp pics shud i stick to f/16, 30secs or f/11,30secs, which settings is better f/16,13,11 or 18? Shutter: 30s, 25s, or bulb? Thanks
    why not u try it out?

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