custom white balance-Tuesday Tips and Tricks

One of my Mother’s Day gifts this year was the expodisc (aff link) that I requested!  The expodisc is a tool for creating a custom white balance for your shots.  I have been using Kelvin temperatures for white balance, and I do love using those.  However, there are still times when the lighting can be wonky and mess up your white balance.

I also use a gray card for metering, so I really wasn’t sure if a gray card and expodisc were interchangable.  I asked a photographer I respect, Darcy Milder, about the difference and when to use which.  Darcy explained that a gray card is best for multiple indoor light sources, while an expodisc would be great for outdoor light to measure incident light. You can certainly use them in either situation, but each tool has a separate function.

You can also use white paper to create a custom white balance, but I wanted something a little more sturdy.  I have the 77mm filter which fits my largest diameter lens, but will also cover smaller diameter lenses.  Therefore, no need to purchase multiple sizes.

I would love to give a great tutorial on using the expodisc, but just getting it 2 days ago means I have not fully grasped using this tool, yet!  There are several specific applications for this tool.  You can use it for incident light, studio strobe, landscapes, ambient light, and flash photography.  I’m a die hard natural light photographer, but it is good to know that I can continue to use this tool should I change my mind about flash in the future. 😉

 

 

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  1. Hmm…I’ll be waiting for a tutorial or follow up on this. I use absolutely nothing but my eyeball for white balance (primarily using temperature). Yup. I’ll be waiting. 😉

  2. Well I would certainly love to know more about it when you feel you have mastered it. I have been slowly playing with white balance more & more. Fortunately we get so much sun in our house that I am almost always shooting in natural light. But I know I need to play with learning the other settings more.
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  3. I’ve always been curious about the exposdisc! I hope you let us know how it works out!
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  4. Hm sounds interesting, I have recently begun to get good at adjusting the white balance and my pictures are looking better, I cannot wait to hear how you’ve used this!
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  5. Christi says:

    Glad you posted this bc I was going to email you and ask after I saw it on your instagram feed. When you feel ready to tackle a new thing, I’d encourage you to learn the basics of flash. It does come in handy occasionally, like last weekend in a really dark reception hall. Too bad I was too busy talking to really take photos though 🙂

  6. Now I need to get me an expo disc!

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  1. […] Last week I shared one of my Mother’s Day gifts with you, an expodisc.   I have had a little time to try out this tool, and I will share a mini tutorial on using the expodisc to set a custom white balance.  To start, I want to show you a couple images. […]

  2. […] My first expodisc post explained what an expodisc is and how it can improve your images by using custom white balance. […]

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