White balance lets your camera know what tone it should set as white under your current lighting conditions. This will vary depending on if you’re indoors, outdoors and is even affected by different types of lights or weather. The settings for this neutral colour will cause slight changes to how every other colour appears in your images. In order to obtain optimal shots, the camera needs to adjust its white balance to match the surroundings.
- Most digital cameras feature an automatic white balance setting which can be very effective. Your user manual will tell you how to enable this feature.
- Cameras often offer a number of specific types of white balance, such as "Cloudy", "Flash" or "Daylight" which you can use if you want more creative control.
- More advanced cameras can let you manually set the white balance for the best possible results. You will need to consult your camera’s instructions on the exact process for this. It is a good idea to return the camera to the automatic white balance setting after having taken photos with a manual setting as this will return the camera’s colour tones to a level suitable for more general use.
With a few adjustments, your white balance can shine new light on your photographs.
Always refer to the manufacturer’s manual for specific details.