Learn how to adjust the white balance on a camera in photography.
This tutorial will educate you on what white balance in photography is, and also how you can adjust it to make your photos look better.
What is white balance?
What is colour temperature?
To emphasize this phenomenon, it is necessary to know that each source of light has a different colour. For instance, a candle will produce yellow-orange light while an electronic flash will produce blue light.
Besides, the light outside changes colour depending on the time of the day and the weather. During the beginning and end of a day with a clear sky, the light will often have an orange hue; thus, it will be termed as warm light.
Similarly, in the middle of a day with a cloudy sky, the light will have a blue tint, and it will be termed as cold light.
Each source of light, therefore, has a different colour temperature, and in order to classify these temperatures of light, we refer to a colour temperature scale measured in Kelvin (K).
Warm light has a low colour temperature (i.e., 1850 K from a candle) while cold light has a high colour temperature(i.e., 6,500 K in cloudy weather).
Light is composed of three primary colours: red, green, and blue – RGB. Depending on the source, one colour will dominate the others; however, these three colours must be balanced in order to produce white light.
That is why it is necessary to calibrate the white balance in photography.
Different camera settings for the white balance in photography
1. Automatic white balance
2. The preset settings for white balance in photography
3. Setting the white balance in kelvin
Photo edited in Lightroom.
4. Adjusting the white balance in manual mode
This setting is valid as long as you are working with the same lighting conditions. However, if these conditions change, then you will have to do it again.
Adjustments in RAW and post-processing
Have a nice photoshoot!
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