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D7000 White Balance Help: Natural Light

21 March 2012 - 04:52 AM

I have a Nikon D7000 with a Tokina 10-17mm. I've experimented with different white balance techniques, and have not found any one solution that I'm happy with. I've shot with and without Magic filters, white balancing at depth. The Magic filters work quite well for 40 feet and shallower (in clear Caribbean water with +100 ft. viz), but I will also be shooting as deep as 100 feet. I know I can't expect great natural light color at that depth, but the DSLR white balance is far less attractive than my Sony HDR-HC9 video camera––my blues turn quite muddy/purple rather quickly. I've also found that the need to increase the ISO for such depths results in very noisy video. I would greatly appreciate any tips or tricks you may have discovered to achieve good white balance with pleasing blues, or any other suggested video settings for D7000 video.

I've also tried setting the Picture Control to either Landscape or Vivid, which increases the contrast and saturation of the video, and helps the blues out a bit, but seems to increase the amount of noise (especially in Vivid).

Many thanks.