Shooting in Kelvin with your camera?

10 months 3 days ago #653427 by Todd Floyd
Late night snooping around and I found this article no Mastin Labs site about how to shoot in Kelvin:  https://www.mastinlabs.com/photoism/articles/how-to-shoot-in-kelvin

As I read this and sit back and thought about it, how is shooting in Kelvin giving you advantages over auto white balance?  When you consider how quickly these factors can be adjusted further in Lightroom and Photoshop, are there advantages?  In their article, they speak about this makes post processing faster, however moving the slider takes only seconds, and besides, if you need to adjust it, even with in Kelvin, that tosses that notion out the window.  

Care to give your 2 cents?  


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10 months 3 days ago - 10 months 3 days ago #653428 by Nikon Shooter

Todd Floyd wrote: …how is shooting in Kelvin giving you advantages over auto white balance?


Hey Todd,

I am the first to recognise that WB is a most important parameter at PP
but only then — since it is not so critical at SR — I'm always on Auto WB.

What is important though, is to have a reference, any reference 1- within
the picture or 2- in another picture taken in exactly the same conditions.
  1. there should be an area that represent a neutral value
  2. a grey card may be snapped in the FoV prior to SR
This applies to any setup you may chose but, to simplify everything, I would
recommend to go the Auto WB way.

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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10 months 3 days ago #653444 by Todd Floyd
So would you say this topic is dated and just doesn't apply to newer cameras? 


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10 months 2 days ago #653527 by garyrhook
Maybe I missed something, but I think that article is worthless.

Shoot a gray card or color passport, capture RAW images, and adjust in post.

What they fail to point out is, even if you shoot in Kelvin (what does that even mean?) you can adjust in post. They also ignore the possibility that you might want to capture the light as-is, not get something that is compensated. They also fail to point out that, outside, the light is constantly changing, so you have to constantly adjust. Or shoot a gray card.

Auto WB will help you get proper skin tones if you forget to measure the light. At least get it in the ballpark.


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10 months 2 days ago #653531 by fmw
I agree with Gary.  If the color temperature is questionable be sure to capture the images in raw format.  That will allow you adjust color temp in the software.  Personally I use auto WB all the time and capture the images raw when I think it will need adjustment.


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10 months 2 days ago #653561 by Pete Franko
Yep, keep it in Auto WB, easier and works perfectly fine.  


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10 months 1 day ago #653705 by CaptNemo
Yep, didn't get much value from that article.  I'm more of AWB guy.  Any other adjustments are done in LR.  


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10 months 1 day ago #653712 by Victoria A
+1 AWB and fix the rest in post.  Why complicate things? 


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10 months 15 minutes ago #653857 by Photo Junky
IMO unless you are shooting in a studio for some super high end fashion shoot, shooting in Kelvin just over complicates things.  


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9 months 4 weeks ago #653870 by Nikon Shooter

Photo Junky wrote: IMO unless you are shooting in a studio for some super high end fashion shoot, shooting in Kelvin just over complicates things.  


The specified conditions won't change a thing in the workflow.

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9 months 4 weeks ago #653918 by Kenya See
 Never shoot anything besides AWB


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9 months 4 weeks ago #653981 by Garbo
+1 just AWB here and adjust in LR 

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