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White balance ---- You can set white balance to any of the following:
How To Use Preset Manual
This mode allows you to measure the white balance under the current illumination. The result is automatically placed in the temporary location named d-0. You can use the result right away, or save it for future use. Up to 4 different white balance settings can be stored in the repositories named d-1, d-2, d-3 and d-4.
How to measure white balance....
Set the white balance to Preset manual mode first. Then hold the WB button until a flashing "PrE" appears in the camera top monitor (and in the viewfinder). This flashing lasts for 6 seconds. While flashing, take a picture of a white or neutral-grey object (like a white paper). Fill the entire frame with this reference object. No focus is necessary for this shot. Just click the shutter. No photograph is actually taken, but the camera will record the white balance. The word "Good" flashes for 6 seconds in the control panel if the white balance measurement was successful. The result is automatically saved in d-0. If you are taking pictures using this white balance setting, hold the WB button and turn the sub-dial to select d-0. The subsequent shots will be taken using this white balance.
How to save white balance.....
To save this d-0 setting, use SHOOTING MENU - White Balance - Preset manual menu and select either d-1, d-2, d-3 or d-4 from the rear panel (move to the one you want and press the center of the multi-selector). Then select Copy d-0 menu item. This copies the current setting of d-0 to another location you specified.
How to use saved white balance.....
To use any of these saved settings, set the white balance to Preset manual mode. Then hold the WB button and turn the sub-dial to make your choice (d-0, d-1, d-2, d-3 or d-4). The subsequent shots will use this setting.
How I do it....
Personally, I always keep the setting to d-0, and measure the white balance as needed on the fly and use it in the subsequent shots. I do not bother to keep the setting for future use.
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