Intro to the Digital Camera: Part Three - White Balance
Intro to the Digital Camera: White Balance
In the past few weeks, you've been reading all about the parts of the camera and how to use them to take awesome photos - or if you havent, you should do so before you read this week's blog. :)
This week, we're going to take a look at white balance (WB). We've all taken photos that have a strange tint to them when we look at them on the LCD. This is your WB.
In the photo below, the bride and groom chose lots of colorful lighting. It looked amazing, but didnt look quite right in all of the photos if the camera wasnt properly white balanced. In this case, I thought the white balance looked cool and left it, but it's always better to have your camera correctly white balanced when taking photos. It cuts out a lot of work in the end! (I was a guest at this wedding, so I didnt take many photos and wasnt particularly concerned with my WB; I try not to feel like a photographer at my friend's weddings because it distracts me from enjoying myself.)
We control the camera's white balance to remove any unnatural color casts in the photograph. Our eyes are good at adjusting to the changes in color temperature around us, but each type of lighting has a different color cast, as well as a different value on the Kelvin Scale.
Sometimes, the camera has a tough time deciding which WB to choose when set to automatic. This is why it's important to know what WB is and how to use it.
Most cameras allow you to control your WB. There are a variety of settings in the table below with the common icon associated with them to their left.
Fixing your WB in post (editing) is never ideal. It almost never looks 100% correct and it can take a lot of work. Knowing how to use your camera is always better than trying to fix mistakes in editing.
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