Balancing Your Camera's White Balance

Your Camera's White Balance

There are scores of settings and menus on the digital cameras of today that it is challenging to become skilled at them all. The typical casual photographer learns only the bare bones settings or strictly relies upon the automatic functions of their digital point-&-shoot or DSLR With only a little experimentation, you will discover that you can be in command of your digital camera and what's more important, your resulting images.

This setting of the white balance is one that may create a huge effect on the final look of your photos. Gaining control over white balance and discovering how to adjust the white balance settings of your camera can assist you in turning average images into exceptional photos.

To put it simply, white balance is a basic point of reference whereby your camera establishes the actual color of white. By informing your digital camera that a specific object in a scene is white, your camera will then calculate your images color temperature based upon the provided information.

White Balance

Lets take a peek at a few of the unique environments that we discover ourselves in. On sunny days containing bright overhead light, or overcast days with muted light, outdoors beneath a tree or in shady areas or, indoors where there's incandescent lights randomly placed , or in a gymnasium featuring florescent lights (all pose challenges to scores of amateur photographers).

Every one of the above scenarios presents uniquely different lighting for you and your camera to cope with. By doing a little fine-tuning of your camera (provided it features white balance adjustments) you can "instruct" your digital camera how to deal with lighting situations.

Many of the later version digital cameras include presets for white balance for several of the more typical situations. If you are shooting images in less than perfect lighting environments, You're better off to switch your camera to a white balance preset mode for the type of lighting.

If you desire to lift your photography taking skills to a higher level, you can gain the skills to generate custom white balance modes and gain even greater control over the situation. Setting up a customized white balance can generate better color than the auto and presets of your camera's white balance settings in numerous situations.

This can be done, in many digital cameras, by changing to a customized white balance from standard auto white balance. Shoot an image of a white item, using your shooting situation, then use this picture to reprogram your camera to use that, within this environment, this is a white image. To get even better results, make use of a "Grey Card" (which is a card printed containing 18% grey) or use an ExpoDisc. With the ExpoDisc, just attach it's "filter" to the threads of your camera lens, then just point your camera away from the target and towards a source of light to establish a white image baseline. Every picture you take thereafter, or until you change the setting of your white balance, will come out color balanced. You'll obtain healthier skin tones, redder reds and yellower yellows. updated article Oct 31, 2011

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