Day 12: what’s white balance?
White balance is what allows your camera to balance out colors by having a set “idea” of what neutral is. Most DSLRs have an option to set white balance manually using white balance cards; not my camera. I have a choice of the following:
- “Auto,” which allows the camera to choose what colors are supposed to look like;
- “Daylight” for shooting in natural light;
- “Tungsten,” for shooting in incandescent lighting because it attempts to neutralize the yellow tone of indoor photos by adding a (very) blue cast;
- “Fluorescent,” for shooting under fluorescent lights, which are generally cool and the camera adds warmer tones;
- and “Open Shade,” for shooting in natural light with shade, and is intended to add slightly warmer tones to some of the grays in that situation.
Of course, the Open Shade and Daylight are the best options for my white balance setting; I’ve been shooting on auto up until now. I need to do a test run on indoor shooting and see what I come up with. But I’ll have to edit this with those results at another time, because I killed the last set of batteries with this shoot. (I really should get some rechargeable lithiums.)