White Balance

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There are so many things to keep straight on a camera! If you are just starting out and trying to learn how to shoot manually, I feel for ya’! I really do. It’s hard and I definitely haven’t mastered everything yet. I’m still learning with EVERY shoot I do.  It’s a rare occasion for me to come home from a wedding and not have a new tidbit of knowledge. Photography is something that I will never master, but that makes it exciting! It will never get old! So a lot of emails have come in about White Balance (WB). Ohhh that dreaded white balance. If you’re like me when I first started out, the WB was the first thing I forgot. I was more concerned about shutter speed and aperture than anything else!

White balance was something I thought I could just “fix later”. Well the more I do this, the more I realize that with digital photography, that is a VERY common excuse. Instead of really trying to figure out the camera, photographer’s say, “Oh I’ll just fix that later”.  When I first started, I used that line ALL THE TIME! I’m soooo thankful that I read other photographers blogs who encouraged me to keep learning!


So I want to encourage YOU to keep learning! Understanding WB isn’t a piece of cake but with a few minor fixes, you could see a dramatic difference! I actually shoot most of my outdoor shots on automatic (GASP!). Yes, automatic. Now if it is a reallly cloudy day, I will adjust it but the really important time to adjust WB is when you are shooting indoors. I never trust my automatic WB inside. I always adjust for either Tungsten or Fluorescent lighting.  This will dramatically help the “orangey” tones that come from shooting indoors. Try it! Practice it! and see what happens! I hope this helped a little bit!


** A quick tip! If you are indoors but don’t have a significant amount of artificial light, then keep your WB setting for natural light. In this picture below, my WB was still set on Automatic because the main source of light was purely natural light from the window! And this shot above is straight out of the camera (SOOC) so don’t judge this one!  **

xoxo, Katelyn
9 Comments Ask Anything, Education
  1. Linda Phillips reply

    Thanks for all the tips, I love them.

  2. abbey reply

    Yes!!!! I’ve actually used with tungsten WB inside and like it a whole lot better than AWB. By the way, I think it’s great that you’re doing the “Ask Anything” series on your blog.

  3. Susan reply

    awesome – thanks!

  4. Simply Natural Photography reply

    Thanks for sharing! WB is the first thing I check now, cause I used to forget it all the time. Now I’m trying to work on my aperture settings :)

  5. Laura reply

    for some reason my camera just has a bunch of number for white balance like +2 or -2 and i have no clue what that’s even supposed to mean. and the different settings don’t seem to look different unless you do something with those numbers. my old camera had a color grid which was perfect so i changed the white balance all the time, but now i have no clue what to do so i just use automatic. so far it’s been pretty good, i just need to add a little warmth every once in awhile. so do you have any clue what those numbers might mean?

  6. Mary Marantz reply

    Love it! And love you!!

  7. barbara smith reply

    i have the worst time with wb!!!!!! i am getting an expo disc next….also, where did you get the awesome teal ruffle tank top?? LOVE ♡♡♡

  8. Thallen Alves reply

    Yes, this helped me a lot… thank u so much! And I loved your photos :)

  9. Danny reply

    is it wrong to think, that in RAW, i can change everything i can change while shooting, afterwards? it saves me so much time, i sometimes need for looking, thinking etc while shooting, instead of donig my WB…?

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