Aug 10, 2010

White balance

White balance is the ability to change the temperature in your photo, taking into account your light source.

If you ever wonder why your picture turned out yellow, the snow looks gray not white, the temperature turned out too cool and not warm enough...those are all due to the incorrect white balance setting.

Most cameras have the ability to change the white balance. They have pictures that represent light sources. If your light source is the sun and you are outside put your setting on the picture of the sun. If you are taking a picture in the shade place it on the picture representing shade. You also set your white balance on auto and change it during the editing process if need be. Lightroom is great for changing your white balance.

Sometimes I find that I like the temperature of a completely different setting. So don't be afraid to play with it!

Here are a few examples of the same picture but different white balance settings.

Auto
auto

Cloudy
cloudy

Fluorescent
fluorescent

Tungsten
tungsten

Sunlight
sunlight

Shade
shade


I'll have another post on how to set your white balance manually soon!





6 comments:

  1. Love the picture of the camera!!
    Great tutorial- looking forward to the Manual one. :)

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  2. great examples- I am hoping our move will give me motivation to bring my big camera out.
    Angie
    Http://helpmeettosam.com

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  3. I'm horrible at setting it manually, so I can't wait to see what you have to say! Do I need to buy a gray card?

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  4. I love playing with my white balance!

    Just curious, I've always wondered what kinda of environment the "Tungsten" setting is actually meant for. I mean, I've used it before because I like the effect it made, but the other settings are so clear "shade", "sunny", "florescent", etc..... but tungsten's actually purpose has always had me baffled!

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  5. Tungsten is used when your only light source is a regular lightbulb. Good question!

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  6. Perfect still for your tutorial. Love the shots. 5

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