Photography for beginners: 6 reasons you’re smarter than your camera

Photography for beginners: 6 reasons you're smarter than your camera

Photography for beginners: 06 Shooting in warm/cold light

Photography for beginners: 06 Shooting in warm/cold light

Most automatic white balance systems to a fabulous job of producing natural-looking images, but they have a habit of over-correcting in warm or cool light so that the image looks more neutral than the scene appears to our eyes.

In many cases the problem can be resolved by switching to the Daylight white balance setting, or tuning the white balance to make the image slightly cooler or warmer as required.

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Conversely, some systems also cannot cope with artificial light and the images have a strong colourcast.

This may be corrected by switching to the white balance setting that specifically designed for those lighting conditions.

Alternatively, you can set the white balance manually. With most cameras this is just a question of finding and activating the custom white balance calibration mode (it’s called Preset Manual on Nikon cameras) and photographing a neutral white or grey card in the same light as your subject.

With Canon DSLRs, take the photo of the white target first with AWB set, then navigate to Custom White Balance in the menu and, when prompted, select the image. The last step is to set the white balance to the custom setting.

You could also use the Kelvin setting to adjust the white balance until you get a result that you are happy with.

Photography for beginners: 01 You know what you’re shooting
Photography for beginners: 02 The subject isn’t the closest object
Photography for beginners: 03 The scene is very bright or very dark
Photography for beginners: 04 The subject is backlit
Photography for beginners: 05 You’re shooting a macro subject
Photography for beginners: 06 Shooting in warm/cold light

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