Indy Photo Coach 2:39am, 18 November 2009

With many photographers, there seems to be a certain mystique surrounding white balance. In reality, it is very simple – match the color of the ambient light to your camera. Most photographers leave their white balance setting set to Auto or AWB and let their camera do the work.

While in most cases this works well, you will run into situations where it gives you an off-color to your pictures. When this happens, select one of the white balance presets to match the light color. When shooting outside, use:

* Daylight when shooting on a bright sunny day in the direct sun.
* Cloudy when shooting with solid cloud cover or intermittent clouds
* Shady when shooting a subject positioned in the shade.

If you notice a bluish cast to your pictures, select either cloudy or shady white balance setting to “warm” up the colors.


1. To see how white balance changes the color in your pictures, select a subject in the shade.
2. Now shoot three pictures – one using each of the three outdoor white balance settings.

Note the color differences in the color. The one shot using the Daylight setting will have more blue in it. The two photos shot using the Shade and Cloudy setting will have less blue and the colors will be warmer and more natural.

Have fun!

Written by Ron Kness
Serge Melki PRO Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Serge Melki (member) 9 years ago
shooters, it looks like you changed your exposure value not your white balance. from exif, the WB is still set at auto in all shots. am i correct?
Serge Melki PRO 9 years ago
Here are two separate shots taken at an IPC outing in Eagle Creek. I was actually playing with WB to see the difference. You can do the same thing if you have a RAW file and you can play with the White Balance setting to get different results. but these are actual 2 different shots taken at White Balance Auto and one Set to WB - 9090K

At WB Auto.


at WB manually set to 9090K

brash recess [deleted] Posted 9 years ago. Edited by brash recess (member) 9 years ago
sergi your right lol. Those are 3 shots i took in bracket for HDR. I will remove them. Heres some new shots takin outside the house
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