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Alan Lloyd
Re: Match WB Kelvin to color temperature of lamps?
on Jul 18, 2016 at 7:56:42 pm

"Chipping" once referred to painting white balance with a chip chart. It now means hitting the AWB button/switch while pointed at a white surface.

IRE is the measure of luminance (brightness in strictly black & white terms) and if your camera has a zebra setting putting it at 70-80 IRE* is good - that's about where you want the brightest highlights** on Caucasian skin, exemplified by noses/cheekbones/foreheads and the like. If you cut in Premiere the waveform monitor will show you the 0-100 IRE scale on what you'd already recorded.

Not really one of the big guys, as you phrased it, I've just been around for a while.

* Don't white balance at 100 IRE/peak white. At that point you don't really know what you're balancing on.

** Since people are what I deal with regularly, I tend to optimize for recording them - rather than environments or objects. As always, your mileage may vary. (Standard disclaimers apply. Non-standard disclaimers available by prearrangement.)

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