When Zach and Jody Gray were on creativeLIVE in January, I sat glued to the television, watching in awe of the work they created. They are all about getting things perfect in-camera, and not relying on Photoshop or other post-production tools to “fix” images after the fact. I, too, share this mentality, as I don’t like to spend a lot of time editing, and would rather spend my time doing other things.
One of the biggest things I’ve struggled with since I started shooting was white balance. I was never very impressed with the results from the Auto White Balance setting on my Canon camera bodies, but I didn’t know any other way. Some folks shoot in Kelvin, but, from what I understood about that, it sounded time consuming to learn and a lot of hard work. So I continued to deal with AutoWB and “fixed” it in post. The problem? I’m not very good at it. Editing is not my forte, especially when it comes to manipulating color.
So what does this have to do with Zach and Jody? Well, they had this awesome tool that they used on creativeLIVE while they were shooting. It is called the ExpoDisc (affiliate link), manufactured by ExpoImaging, and works like an 18% gray card to read the color of the light on your subject. I decided to go for it and try out the ExpoDisc, since their SOOC images were pretty awesome, and I finally got to give it a full test run this past weekend.
Check out these two SOOC images. The left is auto WB and the right is custom WB using the ExpoDisc.
I found that, as you can see, my straight-out-of-camera images were so easy to edit, there were only a few that I really needed/wanted to edit the WB on. I’m so excited because I feel like I’m finally free from much of the stress of editing, plus because there is less to adjust in post, my editing time is going to but significantly reduced. So, thanks, Zach and Jody, and thanks ExpoImaging for creating such a wonderful product!
For more information, check out these awesome videos where Zach and Jody walk you through all of the benefits of the ExpoDisc and how to use it correctly.