Working With White Balance

January 5th, 2012 by Mike Moats

A nice feature to our digital cameras is the ability to change the white balance and adjust the colors depending on the light source hitting the subject. A color will actually change under various types of lighting, and the camera will make color corrections according to light source. So if you’re shooting in sun light, then you use the sunny mode, and cloudy days, use the cloudy mode, and inside under florescent lighting, use that mode, and so on. I find that my camera’s auto mode works great, and I use it most of the time.

If you shot a subject using the different white balances that your camera offers, you will see a difference in the colors of the subjects. Sometimes I will play with these different modes to see what kind of unusual color I will come up with.

Here is a rose that I shot using three different white balances, and as you will see each one has a different color.

So try this next time and see what different colors you come up with!

Same exact flower, same lighting, three different white balances and three different colors.

Same exact flower, same lighting, three different white balances and three different colors.

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