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White Balance is a great tool for making sure the colors in your photos are perfect, but more often than not, the pre set white balance options on your camera won’t do a very good job.
So I wanted to share a super simple way to make sure that your photos always have perfect colors no matter what kind of lighting you’re shooting in.
Light is a wave, and waves can move at different speeds, or wavelengths; and human eyeballs can only detect a specific range of wavelengths.
This range is referred to as the visible spectrum of light, and when all of the wavelengths of the visible spectrum are together, we get white light. (Sometimes referred to as daylight balanced light.)
But not all light sources produce the full spectrum of visible light. For example, light from tungsten lightbulbs has a wavelength of around 600 nanometers, and when those 600 nanometer waves hit our eyeballs, we see orange.
And this is where white balance comes in, because while our brains will automatically ignore the orange color of the light from that lightbulb, telling us that white is white and red is red and so on, cameras can’t do that, at least not without a little help.
The Custom White Balance tool that’s available on pretty much every camera will allow you to get perfect colors no matter how tricky the lighting situation, and in this video I explain exactly how to use it.
Your camera is an amazing tool, but it’s no good to you if you don’t know how to use it!
If you want to take control of your camera and use it to take amazing photos like a pro, check out my Guide to Shooting in Manual Mode video course.