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Color Filters on DSLRs

by drafzaal / March 14, 2008 8:02 PM PDT

I have an Olympus DSLR E-510. My question is that if I want to use a colored filter on it, how can I prevent the Auto white-balance trying to cancel it out? If I use manual settings, how do I decide which one to muse? The question is about using warming filters like 81b.

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Color Filters
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / March 15, 2008 1:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Color Filters on DSLRs

There is no need to use a warming filter.
A White Balance adjustment lets you do that.
Look on page 59 (bottom half of page) of the Instruction Manual.
The subject is White Balance Compensation.
You can bias the Auto white-balance toward the red.


If you want to use a glass filter, then make sure that the white-balance is not set on Auto. Use any other setting.


If you are outside on a sunny day, set the whitebalance to 5300k and then mount the filter. (page 59 top half of page)

In other lighting situations you can set the white-balance using the One-Touch feature and then mount the filter (page 60).


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by drafzaal / March 15, 2008 1:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Color Filters

Thank you for your advice. I shall try it and I am sure it will work.

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Costom white balance
by drafzaal / March 15, 2008 2:02 AM PDT
In reply to: Color Filters

While we are on the subject, please tell me one more thing. I have tried the custom white balance by pointing at a white paper and snapping. But the paper appears bluish. Thus I again set the camera on Auto to avoid missing or taking a wrong shot. Why the custom white balance is not working properly.

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Another option
by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / March 15, 2008 7:08 AM PDT
In reply to: Color Filters on DSLRs

If you are using photoshop, you can use filters in it...including warming filters. I still have use a polarizer, but photoshop does great in acting like a filter. I haven't noticed a difference between using the physical filter and the digital filter.

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