Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video What is white balance?, part of Exploring Photography: White Balance and Color Temperature.
- There are a lot of different types of lights in the world.…There are fluorescent lights.…There's sunlight.…There's the incandescent lights that you might have…in a table lamp.…There's shady light.…As you may have already discovered…either from your life as a photographer…or from your life as an animal that can see color,…is that different types of lights shine in different colors.…These lights are daylight lights.…They are the same color as the sun.…Now, the amazing thing about the human eye…is that it automatically adjusts to…whatever type of light you're in…to accurately represent color.…
Camera technology is not quite there yet.…Cameras don't do as good a job of adapting themselves…to different types of lights.…For example, if I switch under these daylight lights from…this camera, which is adjusted…properly for daylight light…to this camera which is adjusted for tungsten light,…I now look all the wrong color.…Now, in my monitor which I know is correct,…I look pretty blue.…Your monitor might look a bit different just because…
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