So you bought your first DSLR camera, you’ve started to learn how to shoot manual, and now you’re editing your photos in Photoshop or Lightroom. What’s the next step? Keep refining your skills! I learned how to shoot manual right away, but it wasn’t until this last year that I learned how to shoot off of auto white balance (AWB). I just didn’t think it was that important to know how to properly adjust my white balance in camera because it was something I could fix in photoshop. But that’s the thing, since I was shooting on AWB, that meant that I was spending more time to adjust the tint/temperature on every individual photo. Sometimes there was a couple with the same white balance setting, but it was still far from consistent. That’s why I recommend everyone to master that function. It’s a huge time saver! And in the end, we want to be able to produce great in camera photos rather than try to save everything in post processing.
Below are examples of the same photo on different white balance settings. When your camera is on AWB, it can choose any of those settings to be on. That means that you’re never really sure of what you’re going to get. This may be fine if you’re just editing a few photos, but if you’re photographing a shoot with 100+ photos then adjusting tint/temperature can be really time-consuming and tricky sometimes.
White Balance Recommendations
1. Watch a couple of Youtube videos to learn more about white balance. I recommend “How to Make Colors Pop, a White Balance Tutorial for Beginners”
2. Take out your camera and start playing around with the White Balance settings. You should be experimenting with this setting in different environments to help you get a better understanding of what type of lighting you should use when.
3. After taking a couple of shots and editing them, don’t be afraid to ask for other’s opinions on the color in your photos. Asking another person to check tint/temperature can really help because after you’ve been staring at the same photo for 5-15 minutes, it can feel almost impossible to know whether or not things look right.