Day 25 | Understanding White Balance
Preset White Balance Settings
- Auto – Allows your camera to decide how to color your images.
- Incandescent/Tungsten – A cooling mode for indoor shooting with incandescent or regular light bulb light.
- Fluorescent – this compensates for the ‘cool’ light of fluorescent light and will add warm tones.
- Direct Sunlight – this is the average white balance and is similar to auto, adding a small amount of magenta to compensate for greens.
- Cloudy – this setting warms the photo by adding yellows and reds to compensate for clouds.
- Flash – camera flash can be quite blue, so this setting warms up the image by adding a warm filter.
- Shade – the light in shade is generally cooler (bluer) than shooting in direct sunlight. Adds warmth to avoid that gray film.
What White Balance do I use Most of the Time?
Why would I shoot with the ‘Cloudy’ white balance?
Let me say that I am a BIG believer of getting the proper exposure straight out of the camera (SOOC), rather than doing adjustments post production. It is just a good habit to learn to do things right.
If you feel that the ‘cloudy’ setting is a bit too much, you can always change to auto, daylight, shade, tungsten, fluorescent, or flash in the post processing phase, assuming, of course that you’re shooting in RAW mode. (A good reason to shoot raw files.) I know, I just said to get it right out of the camera. But there are exceptions as long as you are not falling into the habit of shooting in auto and trying to fix problem areas with white balance post production.
Exception to Shooting Indoors
Today's Takeaway's and To Do's:
Tomorrow we will be covering "setting your custom white balance".
- With your camera set on manual, using the above camera settings, take a picture of someone using each camera setting so you can see how your camera shoots and processes each exposure. Document each photo with the various settings.
See you tomorrow!