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    How to take good photos: 06 Get the white balance right

    How to take good photos: 06 Get the white balance right

    The colour of the world around us is constantly changing because of the light – whether that’s coming from the sun or an artificial light source.

    Each of these light sources has its own colour temperature, measured in Kelvin: the lower the temperature, the warmer (more orange) the light, and the higher the temperature, the cooler (more blue) the light.

    Most of the time we don’t notice any changes because our brain ‘corrects’ what we see to give a near-neutral result.

    This is similar to the way in which your camera’s automatic white balance works, but of course your camera doesn’t know what it’s looking at.

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    If you look at a sunset, for example, your brain knows that the warm orange glow is ‘right’, so doesn’t completely neutralise it.

    But your camera will – it simply sees a scene with too much warmth and attempts to correct it fully.

    For this reason, it’s always best to use your camera’s preset white balance options (such as Daylight, Cloudy or Shade), especially if you’re shooting JPEGs that will be processed in-camera. It can be harder and more time-consuming to correct the colour later.

    If you shoot in raw, you can change the white balance when you convert the files, so there’s an argument for using your camera’s Auto White Balance and correcting it later.

    However, considering the white balance when you shoot is just as important as choosing the aperture, shutter speed or ISO, and thinking about the colour in your photograph when you’re taking it is much more positive than adopting an ‘I can sort it out later’ approach.

    How to take good photos: 01 Think about your shots
    How to take good photos: 02 Get composition spot-on every time
    How to take good photos: 03 Ensure your basic camera functions are set correctly
    How to take good photos: 04 Use aperture to control depth of field
    How to take good photos: 05 Use shutter speeds for creative effect
    How to take good photos: 06 Get the white balance right
    How to take good photos: 07 Get your camera’s ISO settings right
    How to take good photos: 08 Take control of focus
    How to take good photos: 09 Assess your shots in-camera
    How to take good photos: 10 Review and edit your images

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    5 color photography mistakes every photographer makes (and how to avoid them)
    What is a color wheel: how to find the perfect match for your photos
    Color Theory: the best color combinations for photography (and how to take it further)


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