Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Adjusting white balance automatically, part of Nikon D7000 Essential Training.
Different types of light shine with different colors. For example, tungsten lights are redder or warmer than fluorescent lights. While your eye does an amazing job of adjusting automatically to different types of lights so that the colors always look correct, your camera doesn't fare so well. Your camera has to be calibrated to the type of light that you are shooting in. If it's not, color is going to appear wrong. This process is called White Balancing. The idea is that you calibrate the camera so the white appears correct, because white contains all other colors. If you can get white looking good, then you get all the other colors for free.
By default your camera is set to Auto-White Balance. With Auto-White Balance the camera will attempt to continuously white balance itself on-the-fly as you shoot. There are two ways to set white balance on the D7000. The way you will probably use the most is to press the white balance button back here. When I press and hold if, I can turn the main command dial back here and you can see my white balance setting change here. So here I have got auto white balance and that's Tungsten and then Fluorescent, Daylight, Flash, Cloudy, Shady.
This is the ability to dial in a specific color temperature for white balance, and then I have white balance presets which we are going to talk about in a separate video. So I want to just be sure that I'm set on A. That's the default, so your camera is probably already there. Now there's another way to set white balance and that's to go into the menu, and here in my Shooting menu, about halfway down there is a White balance option, and the reason you might come in here to set white balance is that you get some additional options for each white balance preset.
For example, in AUTO if I go to the right over here I get the choice of Normal AUTO white balance and AUTO2 which says keep warm lighting colors. This is ideal if you're shooting in a tungsten lit room, it will still give you a good white balance, but it will keep the actual warmth of the lights in there and possibly do a slightly better job than the tungsten preset would, if you're in a mixed lighting situation or things like that. Notice that when I do set that as my auto setting, so now I have taken that, don't worry about this, we are going come back to this in a minute.
I now have White balance set to AUTO2. If I then go up here and change to another white balance, say maybe I go and shoot in some fluorescent light for awhile, when I change back to AUTO, what I'm actually changing back to is the AUTO2 setting. That is now my AUTO setting. So if I want that to go back to just Normal AUTO, I need to select that. Now on any of these white balance presets, when I hit the OK button to select it, I get this weird colory grid here thing, this is a way of fine-tuning the white balance and we're not going to cover that in this course.
It's a fairly complex procedure and honestly, I doubt it's something you will ever do. It's a way of redefining the presets using an industry-standard color scale that's pretty complicated, and if you're really going to be that picky about white balance, you are going to be better off just shooting in RAW mode and not having to deal with all of this. So when this comes up, just hit the OK button and your White balance takes and you're ready to go. You will probably find that you can stick with auto white balance for most of your shots. Where it will start to let you down though is in shady light or situations with mixed lightings, say sunlight streaming into a fluorescent lit room.
In those instances you'll need to change to a different white balance setting.
- What is an SLR?
- Attaching a lens to a camera
- Deciding how many batteries and media cards are needed
- Setting Auto mode
- Changing ISO
- Changing image format and size
- Manually selecting a focus point
- Correcting exposure while shooting
- Controlling white balance
- Using a driver and self-timer
- Auto exposure bracketing
- Selecting a picture style
- Using Live View
- Shooting video
- Using custom functions, such as ISO expansion and mirror lockup
- Cleaning the camera and sensor
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting to Know Your Nikon SLR
2. Shooting in Auto Mode
3. Shooting in Program Mode
4. Controlling Autofocus
5. Controlling White Balance
Using white balance presets2m 11s
6. Understanding Release Modes
7. Using the Exposure Control Options
8. More Playback Options
9. Shooting with Scene Modes
10. Shooting with Flash
11. Shooting with Picture Styles
12. Using Live View
13. Shooting Video
14. Customizing Menus and Modes
15. Using Custom Settings
16. Retouching Images
17. Caring for Your Camera
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