How to Set White Balance Setting to Improve Your Shot

How to Set White Balance Setting
Color photography has always had a challenge with getting accurate color. A common problem is an undesirable color cast, such as a red, blue, or green haze over the image. This was difficult to deal with when using film and often required special films or filters to balance the color with the light.

Digital photography has really changed this because of white balance settings. Now you can select an in-camera white balance setting so that your camera records correct colors when shooting under a variety of different lighting conditions, such as incandescent light, tungsten light, sunshine, or clouds. You find icons representing presets for each of these in the white balance setting area. Auto white balance (AWB) gives less consistent results (even when working with RAW files).

Besides letting you choose an appropriate white balance setting, many digital cameras have a custom white balance setting that can record very accurate colors. Each camera deals with this setting differently, so you need to check your manual, though custom white balance requires that you have a neutral white or gray card for the control. If your camera offers such a feature (and most do), it is worth learning about and using.

Most digital image-processing software offers several  color-correction tools. However,  many of them work best  if you have  a pure  white  or neutral gray tone  in your image.  If your subject requires absolutely accurate color, consider placing  a white  or gray card in the  same light as your subject for a reference shot,  and  then remove the  card for your real photos. You can then  use  that  reference shot  to help  you get very accurate color in your final photos.
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