Phtography Tip #4 ~ White Balance

Oh dear I seem to be getting later and later with these posts but I do promise to get them up!!!

One thing we talked about in class Wednesday night was white balance. What exactly is white balance?

Digital cameras have the ability to adjust themselves for color temperature (cool and warm) or white balance...pretty smart right?  This means that the camera can remove unrealistic color casts and render white object which are white to the eye, white on photographs. The human eye is very good at seeing white in all different types of illumination, but the digital camera, as wonderful as it is, can't do this very well under the automatic setting. Depending on what type of lighting is available, the camera left on the automatic setting, can produce casts of orange, blue and even green on the final picture. Therefore understanding digital camera white balance can help you avoid these colors casts thus producing better photographs under a wider range of lighting conditions.

To illustrate take a look at the photographs below...

As you can see the first photograph has a bit of a yellow or orange cast to it. By setting the white balance on my camera, I produced a picture much closer to what my eye naturally sees. I have a Cannon EOS Rebel T3i so on my camera, in the manual setting, I adjusted the white balance to tungsten light which is basically all indoor lighting. There is a feature on my camera's cross keys where you see the letters WB. While in the manual setting if you hit this button, lighting options will appear on your screen for daylight, cloudy, white fluorescent, tungsten and so on. I chose tungsten and re shot the same photo and you can easily see the difference. This is particularly helpful when I am shooting indoor photos of tablescapes, room redesigns, crafts and so on. This option is also available to me on the priority settings of my camera. (Check your manual to find out where this setting is on your camera.)

Short and sweet today but I think this lesson on white balance is probably the most useful to me. Have a wonderful day and see you next week!

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