Adjusting Your Camera’s White Balance

Ever wonder why even with natural sunlight, the camera set to manual, and shooting at the highest possible resolution, that your photos still turn out a little too blue, orange, or just plain wrong? It’s really annoying when you sit down and load your pictures and they are all flat and grey, or overcast and orange. Who doesn’t hate that?

Here’s a quick tip: Try adjusting your white balance. Depending on where I am and the type of lighting, I am always adjusting my white balance. And my camera makes it really easy. Chances are, if you own a DSLR, yours makes it easy, too. Seriously, this is a less than 1 minute, easy tip that will change your picture quality and drastically reduce editing time forever.


Seriously, that easy.

First, hit the little menu button. It brings up the Shooting Settings Menu. Scroll down to the White Balance option and select.

The White Balance Menu opens with a ton of options for you to scroll through, and some of those options have options (fluorescent being the widest selection on my camera with options from “day glow” to “who knows what”). All of these options give you plenty of room to figure out what the best option is for your environment. If I am at a restaurant, I may try a few different settings before finding the one I like.


Arrow button, White Balance menu, find your setting. Bam!

Before you go telling me your camera doesn’t have the exact same button, I am using a Nikon D3000. Here is a link for Canon cameras, though I’m pretty sure it has to be darned close.

I often have people ask me what equipment I use and they are surprised when I tell them nothing, unless a piece of foam core counts. But I ALWAYS check my white balance. It is the quickest, easiest trick you can use to help the colors in your photography.

[Photo: hmoong]

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  1. Brooks 7 years ago

    Nice post, Kita. I’ve recently started doing this myself and it does make a huge difference, especially cutting down editing time!