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GENUINE WhiBal G7 Certified Neutral White Balance Card - Pocket Kit (2.1x3.3 inches)

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  • This Item Includes: WhiBal Pocket Gray Card (2.1 x 3.3") - Lanyard - Table-Stand - Hanger - Tyvek Storage Sleeve - WhiBal Warranty
  • Fits in your shirt pocket so you will actually use it rather than have it in your bag
  • Waterproof and scratchproof material
  • Comes with convenient stand for ease of setup on tables or flat surfaces. No need for someone to hold the WhiBal
  • Each card is individually measured with a precision spectrophotometer to certify that it meets or exceeds stringent specifications
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The WhiBal White Balance G7 Pocket Kit comes with a white balance card that is small enough to fit in a wallet or shirt pocket. It also comes with a lanyard (cord) for wearing around the neck. This way you can be sure you'll always have it with you when you need it as opposed to leaving it somewhere in a drawer. Because color temperature varies under different lighting sources (i.e. sunlight, fluorescent, halogen, incandescent) it's important to use a white balance card for accurate color representation under any type of light.WhiBal white balance cards are designed to be neutrally gray throughout their surface, are water and scratch proof and are individually tested by an industrial spectrophotometer before they leave the factory. For it to work properly the card must be held at an angle where there's no reflection bouncing off of it. For this reason the card, which in itself is very low reflective, features a highly reflective sticker that shows the photographer at a glance whether the card is held properly.To achieve maximum results it's best to shoot in RAW and then use a RAW conversion program such as Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom to adjust the picture. With a RAW conversion software you can also white balance at once a group of pictures taken under the same lighting conditions. Included in the kit are a stand and a hanger for placing the card upright on a wall or horizontal surface. Also included is a Tyvek sleeve for protecting the card in between uses.

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Product Dimensions 3.4 x 2.1 x 0 inches
Item Weight 0.8 ounces
Shipping Weight 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B000ARHJPW
Item model number G7
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4.3 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #594 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Lens Accessories > Lens Hoods
Date first available at Amazon.com August 11, 2005

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When I first got this card, I thought all my white balance problems were fixed. However, as I used it for a few months, it became clear that it is not a dummy-proof solution.

It is imperative that you get a shot of the card in exactly the same lighting conditions as the picture you want to adjust in post-processing. This can be a challenge if you're outside with your kids and you're poking in and out of buildings and the trees are casting deep shadows in an otherwise sunny day. You'd potentially have to get many card exposures for all the various light settings you encounter throughout the day. The immediate surroundings have a large effect, as well. Take the same sunny conditions, and pictures on a grass field will have a different tint than ones taken on parking lot or on a brick road.

I also noticed that chromatic noise skewed my post-processing attempts when I used my software's water-dropper tool. If I happened to pick a pixel that was actually a blurp of chromatic noise, then the WB got terribly skewed. So, I'd either have arbitrarily pick a pixel that looked grey to me or smooth the results with chromatic noise reduction. Best results are had with well-exposed, low-ISO pictures where the card shows up as a uniform, solid grey with as little noise as possible.

Though with the caveats above, I highly recommend this card. It's easy to carry and is a better WB solution than relying on in-camera settings or eyeballing it in post-processing (which works, too, if you can get the hang of it). Remember to constantly take shots of the card and using the lowest ISO and you should get accurate results in post-processing.
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To get the most out digital photography, I shoot RAW all the time. And to get the most accurate white balance, I use the WhiBal. It's so convenient and ingeniuous, it's one of those "why didn't I think of that" items. Just photograph the WhiBal and you now have a white balance reference. Shoot it before other photos, in the middle or at the end - it doesn't matter as long as it's in the same light as your subject. Then when you're processing your photos, click on the WhiBal to set your white balance; and copy that setting to the other photos. It's that easy. And because the WhiBal is so small, you never have to leave home without it. I carry it on the lanyard and stuff it in my pocket or shirt, and it's always ready. It's basically indestructible; but even if you were to chip it, no matter -- the card is the same color through and through, the color is not painted on. If you're serious about digital photography, this is a "gotta have it."
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No matter what the lighting conditions I can expect perfectly neutral results using the WhiBal. I shoot only raw and often in varying combinations of daylight, incandescent, and fluorescent lights. I don't believe there's a better way to obtain digital color accuracy than an accurate reference and I don't believe there's a more accurate or convenient reference than a WhiBal.
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White balancing is most probably one of the first steps when you develop your digital photos. You could either (1) trust your camera to do [auto] white balancing, (2) spend a lot of time at your photo development software to guess the right white balance, or (3) shoot an extra reference picture to be used for white balancing at your home.

WhiBal is a lovely product. It is what it is: a white balance reference card. It fits well into my pocket and I actually use it whenever there is a change in the lighting condition. As seen from the link below, I took it for a night time photo session with my wife and there was a lot of tricky colors from the light. With WhiBal, I get a nice skin tone for my shots. And notice the white color of my wife's dress too. To apply white balancing to my photos using the reference shots is very fast. It adds much efficiency to my photo development effort.

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For those we are into the scientific side of WhiBal, I actually did a histogram analysis. Even with my Nikon D700, there is still imperfection in the auto-white balancing by observing the histogram by primary colors (image cropped to contain just the white balance reference card). Does WhiBal get it right 100% of the time? Most of the time, all the primary colors are collapsed nicely onto each other on the gray surface. I guess at some situations especially if there are multiple color tones of light that fall onto the card, you may need to take a few measurements from the WhiBal image to get it right. Rarely do I need to do that. But it is still much better than guessing the color temperature and tint. Is WhiBal as "destructable" as it is advertised?
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This is a great size (size of a credit card). I can carry it in my shirt pocket. Unfortunately, the material the card is made of is not durable and bends really easy, leaving a permanent crease wherever it bends. I wish I would have known to treat as a fragile item. This card needs to be made of a more durable plastic, like a credit card plastic. It should not bend so easily and if it does, it should not leave a terrible crease. The laminated, calibrated grey also split a bit along the crease. It bends way to easy, so care for it and protect it from bends. If it had not bent, I would definitely give it 5 stars.
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