Set Your Camera White Balance with a Gray Card – Learn two ways to automatically set a custom white balance on your camera with a gray card. Tutorial by Phil Steele. See links below for items mentioned in this video:

“Lightroom Made Easy”

“Secrets of Successful Event Photography”

DGK Color Card – The inexpensive card I use:

A Fancier Color Card:

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  • Austin Raver - January 14, 2018 reply

    Thank you for this. You are a very good teacher. Everything in this video made perfect sense and is very understandable for newer photographers that might not know fancy terminology. Thanks again! 

  • JessicaTG2008 - January 14, 2018 reply

    The most annoying thing about photography, well, most anything where people can have varying opinions are that one says do it this way, another says no, do it this way. Photography is an art, and the saying goes, art is in the eye of the beholder. What I have gathered since I started working on my skills and experiences, all of these different opinions give many people a reason to start a Youtube channel. You will find your own unique way of shooting and editing photos, it doesn't make one right and another wrong, it makes you, you, and that's whole idea of photography. If everybody did exactly the same thing, how boring would that be? Shoot on!

  • Van 298 - January 14, 2018 reply

    What if you choose other colors, would it change the correction of lighting?

  • Kerry Baldino - January 14, 2018 reply

    Thank you very much for this video! Wanted to review my process and make sure other videos I watched went over doing this the same. Wish I had watched this one first. You explained the process so expertly and clearly. Thank you!

  • BriBri Ro - January 14, 2018 reply

    Wow! You explained it so much clear!!! I’m learning how to use the grey card. Subbed! 😊

  • nitin jadhav - January 14, 2018 reply

    Many Thanks.
    Photographic Jargon made easy.
    Love your videos.

  • John Furlong - January 14, 2018 reply

    Listen to him very very close it might go over everyone’s head. It’s quick but he saying use a “GRAY” card for “WHITE” balance!! WTF… Gray card is use for exposure and that’s it.

  • z1522 - January 14, 2018 reply

    Comparing the field shots, there may be improper monitor color settings for those who find the first preferable; also, it resembles an overcast tinge, versus the more accurate balance that reveals the brighter green, and the bee. Oversaturated colors are becoming so pervasive, by way of various intensification settings or image alterations, that we dismiss "pale, washed out" shots that are often far closer to the colors when taken. The gaudy glows that make photographs look like garish Thom Kincaide paintings are so overdone that veracity should be a goal of serious color photographers.
    Learning how to see color more analytically takes practice, but otherwise one's images, whether photos or paintings, will miss the nuances that separate rich subtleties from basic hues. Some comments re: not using grey cards may be valid if your card is old, for B&W, but his is supposed to be for color and should be correct.

  • Yizchal Levi - January 14, 2018 reply

    Thank you for your excellent explanation… Appreciation!

  • Miss Taco - January 14, 2018 reply

    Glad this video is here…

  • Raynauld Wu - January 14, 2018 reply

    Grey Card White Card are light contaminated either doing on site or for post production 4K EN

  • mahmoud kamal - January 14, 2018 reply

    Could you tell me why there are 2 more cards (white and black) come with the grey card for white balance

  • Luna moonfang - January 14, 2018 reply

    I tried it. Thank you!

  • Mo Khan - January 14, 2018 reply

    As always, this is a very helpful video. Thank you so much.

  • Cheddar Bob - January 14, 2018 reply

    Grey cards are meant for setting exposure, not white balance. Use a white card for white balance and don’t do it in the sun. Idk where you got that it needed to be set for individual locations

  • B bo - January 14, 2018 reply

    Before people mention the gray card is for exposure they should watch the entire video first. He explains that using a white piece of paper may be problematic if it's not perfectly white. Although gray would seem worse than an off white piece of paper.

  • Fred Herrman - January 14, 2018 reply

    Very clear discussion. Thank you! 👍🏼

  • Geoff Chalcraft - January 14, 2018 reply

    Great – but now I'm confused again…… please take a look at

    …… it gives a different story (doesn't it?)…… i.e. Grey Card is for exposure, white card is for WB.

  • Jinsh0 - January 14, 2018 reply

    Hi, please explain it to me.. Why are we using a grey card, instead of a white card? I thought we are supposed to tell which color is actually white, and not grey..

  • Regan H - January 14, 2018 reply

    I use a gray card for exposure and a white card for white balance. I've found with my cameras that if I set the white balance with a gray card, it gives warmer colors. When I set the white balance with a white balance card, I get a less warm and more realistic white balance.

  • David Winfield - January 14, 2018 reply

    Would this work with a color chart as well?

  • David Barnabas - January 14, 2018 reply

    Thank you sir….from now on you are my mentor 🙏🙏…..amazing piece of photography 🙌🙌

  • Ritik Patel - January 14, 2018 reply

    This was super helpful! Thanks a lot!

  • Roy Holman - January 14, 2018 reply

    I truly appreciate your instructional videos. So comprehensive and easy to understand. Important to me as I have so much to learn. I will be checking out your Lightroom training video on your site. Thank you!

  • Josh Hernandez - January 14, 2018 reply

    The best video I've seen so far. Thanks for your time to teach us this.

  • Ya Mi - January 14, 2018 reply

    Wait i thought Gray card is for exposure not white balance.

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