See your true colours
Chris Rutter helps you to master the white balance settings on your Nikon
Master white balance settings
White balance is a system used for changing the colour of your image to suit the different types of lighting found in different shooting situations. It’s based on the fact that the colour of light varies, from the very warm light from direct sun early or late in the day (and light from normal domestic light bulbs), to the much cooler light created from the midday sun or open shade.
The colour of the light from different light sources is measured on a scale known as colour temperature. This gives a numeric value to how blue (cold) or red (warm) the light is. This scale of temperatures is measured in degrees Kelvin, with lower numbers, such as 3500K, indicating a warm, red light. The higher the number, the cooler (more blue) the light appears.
Your Nikon has settings to help you get neutral colours in the most common types of lighting. These include an automatic setting, plus presets for common light sources such as daylight and flash. They only apply to the light falling on the subject, rather than the background, so if your main subject is in shade but the background is in sunlight, you should choose the Shade preset.
There is also the option of setting a custom preset, and on some models you can even set a specific colour temperature. To use the Manual Preset white balance, which enables