Practical White Balance WHITE BALANCE

Practical White Balance WHITE BALANCE
Practical White Balance
What is White Balance (WB)?
The colour hue of the light. White light can let off a yellow tone (warm) or a blur (tone) or a whole
range of tones in-between. The reason it changes is due to the location in which we are
photographing. Light outside in the shade will let off a different WB than when photographing under
fluorescent lights for example.
Why do I need to know how it can affect your images?
The aim of correct WB is to allow your images to look as neutral or natural in colour as they can. The
WB can affect the overall images by giving a warm or cool effect. It is especially important when you
are looking at a collection of images as the WB can tie them all together.
How do I know which WB to choose?
Like most settings on your camera you can use AUTO WB. But when we are considering taking full
creative control it is good to know how to take full control of the WB.
You can do this two ways the first is getting in right in camera (always the preferred option) and the
second is altering it in post-production.
Locate how to alter the WB setting on your camera (if you are not sure refer to your camera
manual book)
Record what the actual white balance settings on your camera are. In this week’s video I
spoke about some the most common ones you might find eg shade, fluro lights. Your
cameral manual should have some sort of table that will tell you what each image means
similar to the download from this week (week 2)
Set up a bowl of fruit on vase of flowers (or similar) somewhere in your home so it has a
plain white background
Set your camera to Matrix Metering and Single Point Focus (from last week) then use the
Shutter, Aperture to set the correct exposure – remember to check the exposure meter
making sure it is as close as you can get it to ‘0’
Using custom WB (not auto WB) so you are in control of which WB your camera is using
photograph your subject once and then alter the WB. REPEAT until you have moved through
all of the WB settings that you have on your camera.
Your result should be a range of photographs of the same subject BUT with varying shades
of WB – some might be super yellow some blue tones and some in-between.
Download them and post them in the closed FB group. Label each photo in relation to which
WB setting you used along with exposure settings for each image (shutter, aperture and ISO)
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