Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding how manual white balance works, part of Exploring Photography: White Balance and Color Temperature.
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- If you're in a difficult lighting situation,…say a mixed lighting situation,…or a lighting situation where you have found…your auto white balance mechanism…doesn't work very well, such as shade,…or you're in a situation where…your auto white balance isn't working great.…You've tried a preset and that's not working that well,…or you're just really picky about correct color.…If you're in any of these situations then…you're gonna want to think about manual white balance.…Now, earlier you saw that the way auto white balance works…is it goes to all this trouble to try to figure out…what might be a neutral gray in the scene…and then it calculates a white balance based on that.…
Well, we can control neutral gray in the scene.…We can actually hand the camera some neutral gray and say,…"Here's some gray, figure out white balance."…That's what the manual white balance process is…and that's what we're gonna do right now.…I'm going to quickly shoot a picture of Heather here…with auto white balance so we have a reference…
In this course, photographer, author, and educator Ben Long explores the art and science of white balance and color temperature. Ben explores how to adjust your camera's white-balance settings, and what to do when auto white balance goes wrong. He then surveys some optional aids for white balance, and scenarios where "inaccurate" color may well be the right stylistic choice.
- What is white balance?
- Exploring auto white balance and understanding why it fails
- Working with white-balance camera presets
- Using ExpoDiscs and WhiBal cards
- Making stylistic white-balance choices
- Correcting mixed white balance