White Balance Newb Question

John222 wrote on 8/1/2014, 10:50 AM
I have to record some wedding footage this Saturday at noon in an old church filled with beautiful stained glass windows. The church has tungston lights, but they will be over powered by the colored light entering through the stained glass windows. Should I use a white card in the church to set manual WB? Or will that be inaccurate due to all the colored light? I will be using my Panasonic TM700..


DavidMcKnight wrote on 8/1/2014, 11:03 AM
At the very least, shoot a couple seconds of the white card. That way, in post you know what white should look like and can proceed accordingly.

But yes, I would WB to the card at the shoot and at least compare it to your camera's presets.
Grazie wrote on 8/1/2014, 11:12 AM

What you DO know are the skin tones. If they are BLUE then you go one way....If they are boosted RED/ORANGE you go the other way.

This is another example of how excellent our eyes really are. And how "dumb" cameras are. Bless....


John222 wrote on 8/1/2014, 11:17 AM
Thanks. I don't want to screw this up. This is the last wedding being done at this church. It has been officially closed a few weeks ago, but they opened it for this wedding because they forgot that they scheduled for my nieces wedding. Everyone in her family was married there including me...
Former user wrote on 8/1/2014, 11:17 AM
Put the white balance card where the faces will be. It should get you pretty accurate.
musicvid10 wrote on 8/1/2014, 12:18 PM
Two words:
Bride's veil.
DavidMcKnight wrote on 8/1/2014, 12:47 PM
I didn't even snap that it was a wedding. We WB on the bride's dress all the time, both on location and in the edit.

Assuming it's white, of course. . . .
musicvid10 wrote on 8/1/2014, 12:49 PM
Of course, if the bride's colors are off-white or ivory, it will make things too cool.
John222 wrote on 8/1/2014, 2:47 PM
Thanks all. Once again I'm back on the straight and narrow.
Grazie wrote on 8/1/2014, 3:13 PM
One can never ever be too cool....


amendegw wrote on 8/1/2014, 3:35 PM
+1 for setting the WB manual on the TM700. I have one and it's notorious for doing some strange things with automatic white balance. It's a great camera and 90% of the time the auto WB works great, but sometimes it seems to have a mind of its own.


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Arthur.S wrote on 8/3/2014, 5:47 AM
My own workflow for this is to drape a white hanky (Yes, I'm of that generation LOL) over the lens, point the camera at where the bride will be standing, then manually WB, and save it. (Make sure the church lights are on first) This takes care of the fact that the dress may not actually be white. As with all weddings, I'm sure you'll be in and out of the church a lot, so you can use auto WB for the outside shots, and your saved setting for the ceremony. I wouldn't want to WB after the bride has arrived at the alter.
musicvid10 wrote on 8/3/2014, 7:35 AM
Cottons and linens fluouresce.
Not recommended for WB.
Arthur.S wrote on 8/3/2014, 11:24 AM
May not be recommended, but works well for me. What's the Bride's dress/veil made out of by the way? ;-)