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September, 2016

How To White Balance

By on September 23, 2016

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In this post we will learn how to white balance your camera shots.

 

According to the dictionary, White Balance (WB) is the process of removing unrealistic color cast, so that objects which appear white in person are rendered white in your photo or video. Proper camera white balance has to take into account the “color temperature” of a light source, which refers to the relative warmth or coolness of white light.

Let’s Talk About Cameras.

Each camera is different, but they all have the option of setting white balance. If for some reason you forget to set the white balance in your camera before taking a picture. Then don’t fret, because you do still have the option of using a photo editor such as Adobe Photoshop or other editing software to get your photos fixed and white balance. As long as you had good lighting conditions to work with.

The same applies to video as well. As long as you have good lighting and your forgot to white balance then you can still fix the shots in post production with video editing software.

If you camera or camcorder has auto white balance, then make sure it set to that. A lot of camera also have a manual mode, which in this case, you will have to manual white balance it yourself. Some handy tools you can use for that are called grey cards.

How To Use A Grey Card

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STEP 1 :  If you have a grey card then you are all set. Just make sure there is nothing else in the shot, you can also do this with a white sheet of paper like photo copy paper, but sometimes the copy paper is not true white. You can be the judge of that. You can buy these grey cards on eBay, Amazon, or stores that sell video and photography equipment. Now just take a picture with your camera.

STEP 2 :  Look through you camera’s menu until you find where it says “custom white balance” or something similar to that. You will then have to choose the image you just took of the grey card.

STEP 3 :  Your camera might ask you “Use WB data from this image?” then just select OK.

STEP 4 :  Set your camera’s White Balance setting to Custom. It looks like a square with two triangles under it on most cameras.

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