Getting the white/gray balance right is key to any
good raw conversion. In the end often personal preferences count but
we find often that a good gray balance helps for a start. We looked
at five different
solutions here. We want to revisit three prime candidates
from these solutions and tell what we use now in the field.
There are two different ways to perform white/gray
1. In camera: Here we have little experience as we always use method
2. In the RAW converter where the gray card is used for click-WB.
We use exclusively this method.
1. GretagMacbeth Mini Color Checker
- Gray patches
- Reference colors
- No real white and black
- Fragile to use outdoors (don't even think of rain)
- needs to be carefully stored and protected
2. Robin Myers Digital
- Nice, sturdy
- very reasonable priced
- No white and black as reference
- Just a slight bit too big (even the smaller version)
3. WhiBal by
- Compact, sturdy and weather proof
- good White and black reference (if the preview blinks on the white
you have a good chance that you overexpose real whites)
- Good to handle
- Each card measured to ensure neutrality
Overall the winner for us is WhiBal because it is very
well designed for the task at hand.
- The form factor and the ease of use help in the practical outdoor
- The white reference is also a big plus for critical exposures
- Even the WhiBal accessories make sense
The other two solutions would also work for us
but overall we find WhiBal a better solution for our work in the field.