What does white balance do

what does white balance do

Re: What does my camera's white balance setting do?

Re: What does my camera's white balance setting do?

Hi caspill,

If you set the camera to Auto (White Balance), most of the time you won't need to do anything afterwards.

If you shoot RAW, rather than jpg, you can do it (again) afterwards just as easily.

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Re: What does my camera's white balance setting do?

Re: What does my camera's white balance setting do?

In a sentence; It makes a photo of a white sheet of paper look white in the picture.

If you have a fixed white balance set to "Daylight/Sunny", and take a picture of a white sheet of paper in these four places;

1) Outside, in the sunshine on a sunny day

2) Outside on a

cloudy day

3) Indoors with filament (bulb) lighting

4) Indoors with flourescent (tube) lighting

Only in 1) above would the sheet appear white.

In 2) it would look blue, in 3) it would look yellow and in 4) it may even look slightly green

This is because of the colour temperature that Colin was explaining about.

Now we know that the piece of paper didn't really change colour, it was the light that was different.

The camera's white balance controls are what can make the white paper look white in all 4 places, either by manually doing it, or, as suggested, by setting it to "Auto"(matic).

Beyond my ramblings here, I would recommend you read Sean's Tutorial on the topic. It has demo pictures that will show what we mean. It goes into more detail than you need in places, but skim thorugh and try the mouseover on some of the pictures.

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