How to work your white balance settings +6 helpful tips

Lighting is so important to master as a photographer. Using white balance correctly is a part of this. Here is how to work your white balance settings +6 helpful tips.
White balance evens out the color temperature in your shots. White balance tries to neutralize the color by using the opposite color in shots. The color temperature should appear white or close to white.
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1. Color temperature
Color temperature is the color of temperature from different sources. An incandescent light bulb will give off a different color than a fluorescent bulb. Color temperature will even look different at varying parts of the day. Take shots with each white balance mode to see the difference in color as well as taking the same shots throughout the day.
2. White balance and color temperature
White balance and color temperature are opposites, so keep this in mind when adjusting the white balance on your photos. You want to remember you are evening out the color temperature with white balance. Work with them, not against them.
3. Light sources
Sometimes you will have to take shots in a room with several light sources. Pick one white balance that matches the main light source. You can adjust the rest of the photo during post-processing.
4. White balance settings
Most cameras come with white balance settings. These include shade, fluorescent, sun, and tungsten. When you are new to using white balance, test all the different modes out to see the difference in your shots. You will learn to use the right white balance with more experience.
5. Change white balance
White balance settings are simple to change on DLSRs. Check out the different white balance modes on your camera. There might even be one where you can choose the color temp or the camera can for you. Get familiar with these so that you can change the white balance quickly during a shoot.
6. Auto white balance
Auto white balance is another way to adjust the white balance on your camera. Be careful when using auto white balance, since the camera may not always get this correct. Stay away from auto white balance when in a mixed lighting area.
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7. Post processing
You can also change the white balance around during post-processing. Make sure you shot in RAW format to do so. Photo software will have similar white balance modes like your camera. Try each one out to see what the final photo will look like.

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