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Coun­ter­act casts by us­ing Nikon Cap­ture NX-D to tinker with white bal­ance and tem­per­a­ture

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Dif­fer­ent light sources have dif­fer­ent colour tem­per­a­tures. As a re­sult it can be a chal­lenge for your Nikon to cap­ture ac­cu­rate colours. For ex­am­ple, tung­sten bulbs add a warm or­ange colour cast to the sub­ject, which can make skin tones look too or­ange. Day­light, on the other hand, will pro­duce a cooler cast, bathing the scene in a wash of blue.

Your Nikon’s Auto White Bal­ance (AWB) set­ting at­tempts to coun­ter­act these warm or cool casts, by cool­ing down or warm­ing up the im­age un­til white ar­eas are free from any hint of or­ange or blue. Once the whites are bal­anced then all of the other colours should look more nat­u­ral. How­ever, some­times the AWB op­er­a­tion is less than suc­cess­ful.

You can give your Nikon a help­ing hand by choos­ing a white bal­ance pre­set that matches the light­ing of the lo­ca­tion. They do a great job, but may strug­gle with mixed light­ing con­di­tions, such as those in our im­age.

Once the whites are bal­anced then all of the other colours should look more nat­u­ral

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