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Nikon Z7: White Balance and Tint in Adobe Camera Raw using Datacolor SpyderCHECKER (Mountain Mid-Day Autumn Sun)

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Nikon Z7

Lightroom users: since Adobe Camera Raw is a shared code between Photoshop and Lightroom, the figures will apply regardless of which program is used.


Previously, I evaluated white balance and tint for the Nikon Z7 in mountain mid-day clear blue sky sun. However, I had noted a very strong shift in tint when shooting in mountain shade. I had compensated for this buty not had a good metric for reference. Now I do.

This page uses a SpyderCHECKER® color checker card to evaluate the appropriate white balance and tint in the Adobe Camera Raw dialog in Photoshop CC 2019 20.0.0 in mountain morning shade.

Nikon Z7 White Balance and Tint in Adobe Camera Raw (Early Morning Shade, Mountains @ 8800 ft)

An about $127 DataColor SpyderCHECKER was used for this evaluation. I use the clamshell version so I can safely carry it without damaging it. I do not use the calibration software as I have not been satisfied with the results versus the stock Adobe profiles.

Datacolor SpyderCHECKER, as shot on Nikon Z7
f5.6 @ 1/640 sec handheld IS=off, ISO 100; 2018-10-16 10:20:12
Canon EOS R + Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM @ 43mm
ENV: Eastern Sierra, altitude 6000 ft / 1829 m, 60°F / 15°C
RAW: LACA corrected
mid-morning October sun, clear blue sky, crystal-clear air

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