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Roy Blinston
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2005

Flash and White Balance

I have been an enthusiastic amateur photographer for years. I have a question about photographing people encompassing a hall or large background at night with natural light. I take a reading of the background, then use a slow shutter speed (say 15 sec.) and pop my flash for the people in the foreground. There is always a difference with the white balance of the background (orange glow) and the flash foreground (natural white). Is this normal, or can it be altered using filters or whatever?

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3/1/2005 11:27:38 PM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  Yes, it is normal. The color temperature of the flash is balanced to match that of daylight, while the lights in your background are probably tungsten. You can balance the flash and background by putting a filter over the flash (85A, B, or C), so that its light matches that of the background. Leave the white balance on daylight so the whole scene has the orange glow, or set the white balance to tungsten (or custom) to get natural colors.

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3/2/2005 5:56:49 AM

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