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How to Set a Custom White Balance In-Camera

If you’d like to set a custom white balance in-camera, I would recommend using something like an ExpoDisc, which is a white balance tool used by a lot of pro photographers. Here’s how it works: You start by putting the ExpoDisc over the end of your lens (it looks like a thick lens filter) and switching your lens to Manual focus (if you don’t, your camera might not let you actually take a shot). Then, aim it at the light source (not at your subject—aim it directly at the main softbox you’re using) and take a shot. Now, in your camera, you’re going to assign that image you just took as your white balance reference image. Here’s how: On Nikon DSLRs, before you take the shot, hold the WB button, then turn the dial until your White Balance is set to PRE, then release the WB button, and press it again until the letters “PRE” start blinking in your LCD panel on the top of your camera. That’s your cue to take your shot (you have 10 seconds to take it), so aim your camera at your softbox and fire off a shot. You should now see GOOD appear in the LCD panel. That’s it—your custom white balance is set (don’t forget to turn your lens back to Auto focus, though). On Canon DSLRs, put the ExpoDisc over the front of your lens, aim at your softbox, and take a shot. Now, press the Menu button on the back of your camera, scroll down to Custom WB, and press the Set button to bring up the next screen, then press Set again to choose that shot you just took as the white balance reference photo. Lastly, press the White Balance Selection button on top of your camera, then rotate the Main dial until you see Custom WB appear in the LCD panel (don’t forget to turn your lens back to Auto focus).

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