White Balance Definition

White Balance Definition Tips

What is White Balance?

When your eye looks at a scene it automatically adjusts itself in relation to the light source. The camera needs to be told what is lighting the scene as each light source throws a different colour/cast or hue onto the scene.
The White Balance setting you choose will change the colour balance in your pictures, making it warmer or cooler depending on how the sort of light you’re shooting in affects things.

Using Auto White Balance is the simple option, but your camera’s White Balance Pre-Sets give you more control over colour.

Lighting Conditions

By changing the white balance settings you get a different colour cast on an image in all the different lighting conditions.
The colour of the light will affect the colours in your photographs. You probably won’t notice this with the naked eye because our minds adapt very quickly to perceive the colour of the light as neutral, even when it’s not.
The camera is less forgiving, and records colours exactly as they are. That’s why pictures taken under household lighting have an orange colour cast, and pictures taken at dusk or dawn have a cold, blue look.

Digital Cameras

Digital cameras have ‘White Balance’ controls to correct these colour shifts. This adjustment happens when the camera processes and saves your pictures.
Different White Balance Settings

  1. Incandescent
  2. Fluorescent
  3. Sunlight
  4. Flash
  5. Cloudy
  6. Shade
  7. AUTO


What do I do now ? Look for your light source and set your cameras white balance to that setting it is as simple as that.
Remember those orange tinted photos you always get when you take photo’s inside they are now a thing of the past
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