There are a handful of things that have made a big impact on either the way I shoot or in my business. Today I’m sharing one of my most favorite little pieces of equipment…the Expodisc! This little guy has changed how I set my white balance and exposure and how my images look SOOC (straight out of camera). It sets exposure and custom white balance similar to a gray card. I initially got one a few years ago, I didn’t love it and returned it. At that point I didn’t know my camera well nor did I know my style. Last summer after reading raves about it I decided to give it an other shot. That decision was solidified when I cheap lasik surgery last fall. I now use my Expodisc for EVERY shot I take (with a few exceptions)!!
Once you get the hang of it, it literally takes a couple seconds. You just have to “re-expo” whenever the light changes. Setting a custom camera menu makes this even quicker! There is a learning curve but it’s worth it!
For my in studio sessions, it is perfect!! I rarely have to change my WB at all in post processing! I shoot with studio lights and the expodisc gets things spot on. I also love it for natural light indoor shots, it rarely misses there as well. I will admit it does make my golden hour outdoor images slightly warm. I tend to bring the WB down on these in Lightroom. However it is definitely much closer than if I had shot Kelvin (what I used to do) or Auto WB. I had always struggled most with getting my tint just right and the Expodisc helps this oodles!
The one time I do not use my Expodisc is at a wedding reception. The light is changing constantly and I would be re-expoing constantly potentially missing important shots. At a reception I may take a shot of the bride and groom during toasts and something heartfelt is said and the mother of the bride gets emotional and I turn to capture that moment. Typically the light is totally different in those two places and I wouldn’t have time to re-expo. It’s more important to get the shot than to have perfect WB. I will shoot Auto white balance in these instances.
If you’re struggling with getting good WB I highly encourage you to try an Expodisc! If you do I’d love to hear how you like it!!