Day 210 – White Balance

I am still in the mood to experiment … and today I am going to let at detail at the white balance settings. I normally shoot Raw, which means I can change the white balance afterwards when I edit the images in my darkroom, but if you shoot jpg it is really important to understand what these settings mean in camera.

It is essential to get our colour balance right if you want the picture to look realistic … the auto white balance does not always do the job, so white balance cards can be an useful option to ensure you get the shot correctly edited, adn helps your images stand out from others whose images have a colour cast, as the incoreect white balance is used.

If you want to read more about colour balance – check out this helpful guide.

Today I was outside, I shot the images on a tripod with a 100mm macro lens at F2.8, ISO1600 to ensure a fast shutter speed as there was a light breeze.

Colour Balance - Manual set 2500 Kelvin
Colour Balance – Manual set 2500 Kelvin
Colour Balance - Manual set 3000 Kelvin
Colour Balance – Manual set 3000 Kelvin
Colour Balance - Manual set 4000 Kelvin
Colour Balance – Manual set 4000 Kelvin
Colour Balance - Manual set 5000 Kelvin
Colour Balance – Manual set 5000 Kelvin
Colour Balance - Manual set 6000 Kelvin
Colour Balance – Manual set 6000 Kelvin
Colour Balance - Manual set7000 Kelvin
Colour Balance – Manual set7000 Kelvin
Colour Balance - Manual set 7600 Kelvin
Colour Balance – Manual set 7600 Kelvin
Colour Balance - Manual set 9300 Kelvin
Colour Balance – Manual set 9300 Kelvin
Colour Balance - Flash
Colour Balance – Flash
Colour Balance - white florscent 4000 Kelvin
Colour Balance – white florescent 4000 Kelvin
Colour Balance - Tungsten 3200 Kelvin
Colour Balance – Tungsten 3200 Kelvin
Colour Balance - Cloud 6000 Kelvin
Colour Balance – Cloud 6000 Kelvin
Colour Balance - Shade 7000 Kelvin
Colour Balance – Shade 7000 Kelvin
Colour Balance - Sun 5200 Kelvin
Colour Balance – Sun 5200 Kelvin
Colour Balance - Set in Lightroom with Grey Card
Colour Balance – Set in Lightroom with Grey Card

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Colour Balance - Auto White Balance
Colour Balance – Auto White Balance

With all those different colour settings you can see that “Auto” was a great choice when compared with the grey card results. In more complex situations and mixed lighting a grey card is a really helpful addition.

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