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What WB do you use for nightscape?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Wasabi Bob, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. Wasabi Bob

    Wasabi Bob Mu-43 All-Pro

    Tomorrow night I’ll be shooting the annual Tribute in Light event held in NYC. Here’s a shot from last year. I’ve been shooting it since the first one and I’ve usually used the auto white balance setting. Everyone seems to have his or her own opinion on this, so I’d like to find out how you set WB when shooting the skyline of any major city.

    What white balance do you generally use, and why?

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  2. arch stanton

    arch stanton Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 25, 2012
    I've had some good results in lightroom with night shots just desaturating the orange a little in the HSL controls - then you can concentrate more on the WB for the rest of the scene with a bit less sodium glare in the sky.

    BTW, that picture is fantastic!
  3. dannat

    dannat Mu-43 Regular

    May 2, 2010
    Melbourne Australia
    I agree terrific shot,

    You're not hooting RAW, I've found daylight WB as good as any at a distance at night, if you're up close in the face of diff lights you may need to change
  4. addieleman

    addieleman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 5, 2010
    The Netherlands
    I've looked at your picture in the largest possible size. It's impressive.

    When I do night shots I usually just use the daylight setting either in camera or in Lightroom. Colour cast is a useless concept here, because there is mostly all sorts of lighting, including a very blue sky. Shooting in raw gives extra flexibility for corrections afterwards.
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