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Is 18% Grey 18% Grey?

JJGEE 14 7.5k 18 England
20 Jul 2013 7:44PM

Quote:You don't really need any sort of grey card for white balance.

You do need something though... I use a ColorChecker Passport for those shots where " correct " colours are important.

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GlennH 14 1.9k 1 France
20 Jul 2013 7:45PM

Quote:You don't really need any sort of grey card for white balance.

That rather depends on what subjects you photograph. You don't need a lot of things if you don't care about the result.
Nickscape 13 708 9 England
20 Jul 2013 7:53PM
If it's really necessary and you want perfect white balance (if shooting something like products) you need to use something like a ColourChecker, if you want to guess afterwards you can of course adjust the RAW but the final version will be your interpretation of the white balance when it 'looks right' this is different to having technically perfect colour.
Paul Morgan 18 19.3k 6 England
20 Jul 2013 8:18PM

Quote:I believe that we are talking about it for setting white balance, not exposure

The poster is using a hand held meter, most meters are calibrated for 12% not 18%, this is a difference of 1/2 a stop.

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