Alley in Pisa, Italy

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You could use a digital camera to improve accuracy of eyeballing. Set its White Balance setting to "flash WB" and take a picture of a custom WB target (a gray card, white paper, bride's dress etc), without actually using flash. Switch the camera to playback that picture, and find a gel from your pack so that the WB target, viewed through the gel, looks the ...


There are colour meters, like the Sekonic C500, but they've never been cheap. Even a used Minolta will set you back a bit. And they're far more accurate than you really need; a few 10s of CC difference between ambient and flash doesn't make enough difference to warrant the trouble unless you are working on something that is truly colour-critical (like ...

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