Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 | 2 comments

So, what the heck is white balance?

Judging from the number of attendees from Mommy Bloggers Philippines recent Take Blog Worthy Photos Mini Photography Workshop out of 25 ladies who attended the workshop only 1-2 ladies know what is the use of white balance in their camera device.

In digital photography, when you say White Balance you are referring to the function of a digital camera that allows you to calibrate the device to correctly display the color white.

White Balance is something  many digital camera owners don’t understand or use but, it’s something well worth learning!

Please raise your hand if you agree. 

The reason we adjust/calibrate/play around white balance is to get the colors in your images as accurate as possible.

You might have noticed when you took that shot some photos come out with an orange, blue, yellow? The reason for this is that your image was taken from a different light source. For example, fluorescent lighting adds a bluish color to photos whereas tungsten (incandescent/bulbs) lights add a yellowish tinge to photos.  But depending on your artistic vision you can opt to use it at your convenience.

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Different camera devices, like your phone camera or or your point and shoot specially your DSLR have different ways of adjusting white balance so basically you’ll need to check your camera’s manual of where and how to make changes in your white balance settings.

Here are some sort of cheats when to use your white balance:

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  1. Auto (A) – depending on your location and you can’t make up your mind which preset to use, just leave it to auto mode. This is where the camera makes a best guess on a shot by shot basis.
  2. Tungsten (Light Bulb) – Use it under tungsten light bulbs or the image will look very blue.
  3. Fluorescent (Glowing Tube) – Use if photos look too green or when under fluorescent lights.
  4. Daylight (Sun)– Used when shooting outdoors with the sun shining on the subject (harsh light is present).
  5. Flash (Lightning Bolt) – Used when using on-camera flash (not recommended).
  6. Cloudy (Cloud) – Used in cloudy days or in shades. Will yield warmer images than sunlight.
  7. Shade (House with a Shadow) – Warmer than cloudy, adding orange colors to the photograph. Good for sunsets and shades.

I want to encourage to shoot using natural light and start playing your white balance settings and see first hand what it does to your photo.

To your “shooting” success!

 

Cheers!

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