Boost autumn colours with white balance

Using the white balance settings can really add punch to your images, find out how to use it to boost those autumnal tones

The autumn months are alive with vibrancy and colour, but are also prone to unpredictable weather and dull light. To make sure you capture a decent scene, it’s important to change the white balance setting on your camera to match, rather than just using the auto option. You can tweak the levels in Photoshop afterwards to create a truly inspiring autumnal piece.

When shooting autumnal scenes, its important to make sure that all the colours in your images remain vibrant and punchy.

One way of ensuring this is to change the white balance setting on your camera, rather than keeping it on the Auto setting.

Weather conditions can be very varied in the autumn months, which can cause all sorts of problems – keeping the white balance consistent will make processing easier later on.

1. Too cool

Although these leaves were under a tree the actual weather conditions were fairly bright. However, the image, taken with the white balance set at Auto, has a rather cold look to it. It also doesnt have much depth or crispness.

2. True to life

By simply changing the white balance to Cloudy, the camera has coped with the tonal ranges far better and has also managed to create a warmer feel, making the leaves look much more like how they actually appeared.

3. Total transformation

Tweaking the levels in Photoshop makes the image really come to life. The strands of grass appear more prominent now and by slightly burning in the leaves on the outside of the image, the leaves edges appear sharper.