Have you ever taken a picture indoors and the photo had a yellowish tint to it? I could not for the life of me figure it out. I know how bummed I was when all our Christmas photos came out that way. Then I found out in one of my workshops that this could easily be fixed by adjusting my white balance.
I realize you can easily correct your white balance during your post processing (PP) but why waste your time when you can fix it in the camera. I know I’m super busy and one less thing I have to worry about later always sounds like a great idea to me :O) I had no idea of this magical thing called “custom white balance” (CWB) until I took my first workshop. What a wonderful trick to know about! Your camera is probably on “auto” white balance, which is fine! Mine is on auto white balance about 90% of the time. However, when I know I’m going to be doing a lot of shots with horrible indoor lighting I try to change it to CWB.
Basically, your camera doesn’t know how to adjust how a subject looks in certain lighting. You wouldn’t notice it in every day life because our eyes automatically adjust for us. Tungsten (incandescent lighting) makes your photos look yellowish, like my Christmas photo, where fluorescent light can leave a bluish tent. By using CWB you are able to tell your camera the proper colors.
What you need to do:
1. Grab your manual
2. Change your white balance to custom white balance (my camera calls it “preset”)
3. Use an 18% gray card or get something white in the same lighting (a paper towel, computer paper, or even coffee filter).
4. Fill your frame with the white or gray card and take a picture
5. Take a picture in the lighting you will be using (it won’t focus and that is okay)
6. Ta da! Now, don’t forget to change back to auto white balance when you are done or you may mess up your next photo shoot :O)
Notice the difference?? What a drastic change in the CWB from the “in camera white balance” with the white fabric. You camera has lots of different settings you can choose if you don’t want to do CWB each time: auto, tungsten, flourescent, shade, cloudy, flash, and daylight. I don’t normally use these as I haven’t gotten the results I wanted from them but I definitely suggest you try them out if you are in one of those situations and your colors don’t look right on your LCD screen.
I hope you will each go out this week and at least try it. See if you notice a difference. I notice more of a difference inside than outside. How about you??