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White Balance



How To White Balance (12.3 MB)

When we white balance a camera, the camera takes a read from a white or neutral gray source, analyzes the light reflecting from that source and determines how to adjust so that colors are rendered accurately. Though the camera has built-in presets for indoor and outdoor lighting, that is not always sufficient. This example was shot under a mixture of indoor light and daylight coming through a window. Furthermore, the light was reflecting from lightly colored walls.

Ideally, one should white balance off of a photographic gray card, but lacking that, any white surface can be used. Be sure to white balance under the same lighting conditions under which shooting will actually take place. Mixed lighting sources as well as reflections from colored surfaces can skew the white balance. This may or may not be desirable

Physics Of Light | Why White Balance | How To White Balance