We’re continuing with our DSLR 101 this week and today we’re explaining white balance.
White balance is responsible for keeping your photos the correct temperature. A low colour temperature creates more red, a higher colour temperature more blue. Digital cameras create the correct colour temperature by picking the part of the photo that it thinks should be white and filtering the light to make that area white.
If you want natural looking photos you need the correct white balance. In other words having the correct white balance prevents your photos from looking too cold (blue) or too warm (red). Although your camera will have an Automatic White Balance (AWB) setting digital cameras are not as good at detecting which part of the photo should be white as you are.
You can get a more accurate white balance by choosing a manual setting for the white balance or creating a custom white balance of your own.
Most DSLRs will let you choose a white balance from within the menu. The choices are likely to include daylight,