Wrong colours? Wrong white bal­ance…

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If you no­tice a colour cast on your images when you pre­view them, the chances are that the wrong white bal­ance has been set. Most pho­tog­ra­phers leave the white bal­ance in its Auto set­ting, and with good rea­son: it gen­er­ally does a de­cent job of re­mov­ing colour casts and pro­vid­ing nat­u­ral-look­ing re­sults. It can re­move some of the char­ac­ter of the light, though, leach­ing some of the warmth from a sun­set shot, for ex­am­ple, and it can also get things wrong un­der ar­ti­fi­cial light­ing, too.

Auto white bal­ance can also change the colour tem­per­a­ture from shot to shot with­out the light­ing chang­ing very much at all. This can cause prob­lems if you de­cide to batch-con­vert a se­ries of shots from the same lo­ca­tion, as each im­age may have to be tweaked in­di­vid­u­ally. To en­sure con­sis­tency, and speed up your dig­i­tal work­flow, it’s worth switch­ing to one of the man­ual pre­sets, cre­at­ing a cus­tom white bal­ance or di­alling in the colour tem­per­a­ture man­u­ally.

Use Live View to pre­view the ef­fect that chang­ing the white bal­ance has on an im­age

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