White balance explained: how cameras correct the color of different types of light
White balance and raw converters
Different raw programs don’t always agree about White Balance settings…
This is how our picture should actually look. It was taken using the Direct Sunlight setting on a Nikon D5200, and this is the colour rendition Nikon thinks the camera should produce.
Lightroom ‘As Shot’
This is how it looks in Adobe Lightroom. Interestingly, Lightroom is reporting the Temperature as 5000K and the Tint as +1. According to Nikon, the Direct Sunlight preset is 5200K with no tint.
Lightroom has its own White Balance presets. If we choose its ‘Daylight’ preset, the colours are visibly warmer, and Lightroom has applied a Temperature value of 5500K and a tint of +10.
Lightroom manual values
If we type in Nikon’s official Direct Sunlight value, the result is much warmer. With third-party programs you need to adjust White Balance settings according to your software’s own interpretation.
PAGE 1: White balance explained
PAGE 2: How to preset white balance manually
PAGE 3: White balance fine-tuning
PAGE 4: White balance and raw converters
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on Friday, January 31st, 2014 at 12:01 am under Photography for Beginners.
Tags: beginner tips, Photo effects, photography cheat sheet, white balance