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Dear Original Poster,

If this is your first experience with White Balance ... stop looking at this post and immediately run into the other room where your significant other is sitting and give them a big hug.  Then swiftly seize your camera and using whatever settings are full auto (green box) take a bunch of pictures.  Burst, Timed, Horizontal, Vertical, anything.  Then download them onto your computer and look at them together and talk about the great expressions, and the fun you had taking the pictures, and then go get an ice cream.  When your done, come back home and snuggle and then right before bed, when you are sitting up reading a book... reach over, grab your camera, and snap another few pictures under the soft white light of the lamp on the nightstand.  Maybe even splurge with a couple of hilarious self portraits together.  Then go to bed and dream about how you'll look at these great pictures tomorrow. 
This is immensely important.  If you don't do this, you'll be missing out on your last chance to take a picture and ... deep breath everyone ... not be critical of it.  The fact is, white balance is an enormous rat hole.  Once you start down this path you won't ever go back to that happy place where a sorta exposed, lamp lit, color suppresed, low contrast image will do.  Oh no my friend, from now on its not about taking pictures ... its about taking pictures with grey cards and modifiers and obsessing about Kelvins.  In fact, you wont even be able to walk into someones house without thinking 'You really should have used color balanced 5500k bulbs in those lamps with white shades'.  And for awhile folks will think ... maybe he's got something there.  But then after hanging out with you and your custom white balanced buddy's for a night, the rest of your friends will start to think ... 'Man, if I'm not wearing a shirt with a red ring on it or holding a grey card this guy doesn't even notice me'.  And they couldn't be farther from the truth because you and I both know you for sure noticed them.  In fact, you noticed they were lit with a 2700k soft white bulb from home depot and its not doing much for their skin tones.

:)  Cheers!

LOL! Well written and funny :)

However, and I make no claim to be good at this. There are people here who have serious game in this (I have used a recycled napkin in a pinch). I got the great advice in here to buy the ColorChecker Passport by X rite, and I have to say that it is brilliant. I normally shoot with AWB (always only in RAW) for private use. However, right now I am shooting quite a few people (portraits) for a commercial campaign, and I have found that using the Colorchecker which works so well and integrated with Lightroom is saving the day and night of not having to salvage the pictures in post. All ad agencies have all adobe products, and so I shoot my pictures with the colorchecker, and I leave it to the artdirectors and designers to get it right :)

Lenses / Re: Sigma 35mm F/1.4 Reviews - Vignetting Disparity?
« on: January 15, 2013, 05:39:57 PM »
I also reacted on that point i Digital Picture review. I have not noticed vignetting when shooting wide open on mine.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Pocket Camera
« on: January 15, 2013, 05:34:17 PM »
I am seriously considering the Fujifilm X100s. To me thats the most promising camera of this type when Leica and Sony RX 100 is out of reach due to price. If Canon was to release a new M with FF and viewfinder, that would probably be the choice.

Lenses / Re: Your favorite lens is?
« on: January 14, 2013, 03:58:29 PM »
my next lens :)

Lenses / Re: Just bought a new Canon EF 70-300L IS USM lens.
« on: January 13, 2013, 05:22:09 PM »
Have to say that your thread is a pleasure to read :) It is invigorating (not sure if that is spelled correctly..?). Love your enthusiasm. Congrats on what obviously seems to be a great lens :)

Lenses / Re: Workaround for Loose Lens Cap on 8-15mm Fisheye
« on: January 13, 2013, 12:14:56 PM »
The problem with the cap is that the it uses two latches on the cap to fix it to the hood (using inside ridges at the end of of the long hood petals). These latches does not have enough force to keep the cap in place, indeed it is possible to drop the cap merely by shaking the lens/hood/cap (if it's in the "wrong" position). So how to increase the force provided by the latches?
This is relatively easy, the cap latch mechanism is a single plastic construction that can be removed (this relates NOT to the hood with its single release button). This is done by pushing one of the latch buttons all the way in, towards the centre of the cap, and then gently pressing it down into the cap, it should release/pop out of the inside grooves.
Repeat for the opposite latch. The entire latch ring can now be removed. It has the shape of a slightly flattened circle with the latches at opposite ends. At the inside of the push buttons one can see the latch ridges that interlocks with the hood.
To increase the holding force,  the latch ridges should be made to be further apart. This can be done by placing an object inside the ring that increases the distance between the latches by approx 3-5mm (the ring will now look more circular).
Now for the scary part, use an adjustable heat gun with a narrow nozzle (10mm diameter) to reshape the plastic. The temperature of the air hitting the ring surface should not exceed 120 C, too hot and the plastic will melt (forcing you to buy a new cap).  Note that there should not be any signs of the plastic ring melting during the procedure and certainly NO smoke!
Carefully fan the centre 90 degrees of the exposed ring at opposite sides for approx 30-45 sec each (NOT the area of the latches, just the this part of the ring). Then leave the ring for a couple of minutes before removing the tensioning object in the middle. The procedure will "realign" the plastic shape, and should maintain its new shape.

You can now test the gripping force by inserting the ring into the hood (best to disconnect the hood from the lens first), if the grip is sufficient the ring can be re-inserted into the cap.  If not satisfied the procedure can be repeated with a slightly higher temperature or increased distance between the latches. Don't use excessive force when testing.

The cap should now have a much better grip. I can now lift the lens by the cap, previously the opposite was often not possible!

Note that the above procedure is done at our own risk. :)

You don't happen to reside in Norway? I have one here :)

Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8 vs Other L and non-L Canon Primes
« on: January 13, 2013, 03:31:33 AM »
If autofocus speed is important to you, no lens beats the 1.8 from Canon. Myself I have the Sigma 1.4 and ot is great, but a bit slower on AF, and the slowest, but the one that produces the best looking pictures imho and the one I would like to have if I could afford it, is the 1.2 II

And it looks like we are still in for a wait...... :(

Now it is only Photozone still dragging their feet of the big ones.

Btw: I love what I am seeing from my copy so far :)

EOS Bodies / Re: taurians upgrading to 5d mark 3
« on: January 12, 2013, 04:05:51 PM »
While we are all still waiting for Godot! (i.e. some real news ;)

I am a taurus, and I had a jump from my first DSLR, a Canon 300D with some cheapo efs zoomlenses. I loved that camera (although it did not have Raw). I sold it after a few years, and regretted it tremendously. I was out for a few years, and then got back by borrowing a 1Ds III for some years (it corresponded with my firstborn son), before I got my own 5D II. I have my eyes on a 1Dx if the lady Fortuna abides me :) I still borrow the 1Ds III, and I will not sell my 5D II even if I get a 1Dx (the selling price would be to low for such a great camera).

Abstract / Re: What is this?
« on: January 12, 2013, 03:43:05 PM »
Neuro can hold his own.

I am more interested in seeing if he was right? :)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: WW2 Kodachromes 4x5's
« on: January 12, 2013, 09:21:59 AM »
Thank's a lot for sharing. This site is really amazing and a great dive into history.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: January 11, 2013, 07:06:04 AM »
Some really nice ones here :)

Here is one of mine, taken in a park in Norway.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 11, 2013, 12:08:56 AM »
Here is one of mine

That's a lovely simple, calm piece of art ! Nice

Thank you very much :)

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