If you are a photographer you know how important a perfect white balance is to the quality of your images. You also understand the importance of getting your image as close to perfect in camera, My favorite way to achieve spot on white balance in camera and nail my exposure is to use an ExpoDisc EXPOD2-77 77mm 2.0 Professional White Balance Filter (Black)
An ExpoDisc is a white balance filter that you place over your lens and take a picture, then use that image to set a custom white balance in your camera settings. It costs less than $50 and saves you so much time in post production.
These images are both straight out of camera using the same exposure settings for both images. I bounced a flash off the wall of a light blue bathroom. In the first image I set my white balance to AWB (auto white balance) and in the second image I set my white balance to a custom white balance. You can see how flat and blue the first image is compared to the second image.
Are you convinced you need an ExpoDisc yet? It is seriously a life changer!
Now there is a right way and a wrong way to use an ExpoDisc. It is really easy to use and I am ashamed to admit that I was using it wrong for a few months. I did some reading and figured out what I was doing wrong and to ensure you don’t make the same mistake as me I am going to share with you the right way to use it so hopefully you don’t make the same mistake as me.
In order to get a correct white balance and exposure reading you need to put the filter on over your lens and then, this is important, you need to stand in the exact same spot you will be placing your subject and then point your camera in the direction of where you will be standing to capture the image. This ensures that all of the light that will be falling on your subject can be measured and your white balance will be more accurate.
I was doing it wrong by putting my ExpoDisc on my lens and then standing where I would be shooting from and attempting to capture it from there . . . it doesn’t work well that way folks. It literally only takes a minute to stand where your subject will be, capture the image and then use it to set your white balance.
The image that you will be capturing looks like this . . .
The color of your image will vary depending on your location and lighting, as I mentioned earlier this was taken in a very blue room and you can see that the color is a greenish blue from the combination of the bathroom lights, the bounced flash and the blue walls.
After you capture this image go into your menu options on your camera and find your custom white balance option, refer to your user manual if you can’t find it easily. Also, don’t forget to set your white balance setting to custom before going to your camera’s menu other wise it won’t set it.
You can also set your exposure using your ExpoDisc as well, but that is another post for another day.Don’t forget that every time the lighting changes and you move to another location to reset your white balance.
I am seriously kicking myself for not purchasing an ExpoDisc earlier! I thought it would be expensive and difficult but I was wrong about both!
I hope this helps you in your photography journey! Let me know if you have any questions.