Good day all. I am new to DSLR's so bare with me. Currently, when taking photos I have the white balance set to automatic. I keep reading about people constantly manually setting the white balance for various shots and they describe a big difference in the photo quality when doing so. Now I know how to set it in the camera manually, but how do you gage the WB in the field? Some say to use a grey card or some white balance card gizmo. I can't do any PP yet so I need to nail it the best I can in the field. I use an E-300 in SHQ jpeg mode (5.5mb files) if that helps any. Thanks in advance, Don
For nature photography, one approach you could take is to set WB to daylight ... after all, we pretty much loved the shots we got back from daylight balanced film (though we warmed them up a bit once in a while). I almost always shoot on Auto WB, though I'll sometimes change to a manual setting under incandescant lighting, since my camera (and many others) leave it too warm. For my nature photography, I almost always do RAW conversions, so the camera WB settings is irrelevant. WB is important for photographers who want good out-of-camera (or batch-processed) images because they deal in volume. A couple hundred wedding photographs on Saturday, a couple hundred more on Sunday, as opposed to one fine art shot that deserves hours of your time to perfect.
Finally, even if you want to control WB to get good out-of-camera results, manual or auto WB isn't always ideal for nature photography because you don't want to neutralize morning or evening colors.