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I learned about using Kelvins to set my white balance this week. I read this amazing post on Clickin’ Moms and saw one outstanding photographer’s SOOC. I was in awe! My images don’t look that good even with some PPing. I’m going back to square one to get it perfect in camera. That means setting my white balance correctly. I really like Kelvins and I think we may be a good fit :O) And you are in luck because just this morning I found a post on CM’s blog about Kelvins. Please check it out if you are interested. It is full of so much useful information, I know I will need to read it several time :O) Color by Kelvin: A Better Approach to White Balance.

Below is the first image I tried Kelvins on. Ignore the not so great image but just focus on the white balance.
Auto White Balance:

Kelvins WB at 5880K:

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11 Comments
  • October 13, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Doesn’t that just ROCK your world! Love your Kelvin shot Courtney! LOVE IT! I loved the CM blog post too. I never really learned about Kelvin settings. But since I focus every week on teaching how to get the best SOOC shots possible every time – this will become my new focus. Have a blessed day!

  • October 13, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    oh boy! A new challenge. Need to head over to CM and read up. Love the difference in the two images. Like it alot.

  • October 13, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Courtney I loved this post thanks so much
    Quick question – do you like this method better then using custom white balance set with a grey card- are the results better with Kelvin or custom
    I am so going to try this but wonder if this takes the place of a grey card
    Thanks Elizabeth

    • October 21, 2011 at 1:20 PM

      That is such a tough question Elizabeth! I don’t know that either one is better than the other. I think it is which way is easier and works better for you. I know I got lazy about getting out my gray card and actually setting a custom white balance so this is much easier for me :O)

  • October 13, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Thank you for the sharing Courtney! The difference is very noticeable and I definitely want to look into Kelvin White Balance more.

  • October 13, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    I’ve never heard of Kelvins white balance. I will have to look into this more, and do some experimenting of my own.

  • October 13, 2011 at 9:52 PM

    Great article, thanks for linking it Courtney. I love the creative effect with the landscape, it makes a huge difference.
    I actually did some reading about this on holidays and played around with the preset WB values, but I’m not happy with them, the shade warmed up my images too much, I was shooting in dappled shade.
    Can you set a Kelvin value on your camera?, I just looked at my camera manual and I don’t think mine does that. I think I’ll have to work out how to use custom with a white card.

    • October 21, 2011 at 1:24 PM

      Yes, you just set the Kelvins in your white balance settings. Unfortunately, some of the camera’s don’t have them :O( Boo! Definitely look into custom white balance :O)

  • October 14, 2011 at 1:15 AM

    I’m going to have read that article when I have a little more time. Getting WB correct in camera is one of those things that’s always alluded me.
    Great tips. Thanks!

  • October 14, 2011 at 2:36 AM

    Thank you for the link to that article! It was extremely helpful. My camera even has a K setting and I wondered what the K actually stood for, now I know.

  • October 14, 2011 at 7:41 AM

    So I learned cameras have K settings Ha.. get out.. That’s why I love your blog! hehehe… :)

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