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White Balance Article Author : Quadophile
Date : 9th Dec 2004
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Following is the second series of three photos entitled “Photo D, E and F” taken by the window with daylight coming in. The first picture (Photo D) was taken with the White Balance setting on “Auto”, the second (Photo E) with the setting on “Incandescent” and the third (Photo F) by manually measuring the White Balance. Here, the “Auto” mode works very well and is comparable to the one where the White Balance was set manually. In Photo E the white balance is set to incandescent light while the type of light it was shot in was Daylight, the processing algorithm is more sensitive to the red light rather than the blue one. Hence, the resulting image will be bluish.

Photo D

Photo E

Photo F

The two series of pictures gives a very good idea of how important it is to set the White Balance correctly. Another interesting thing to note is that the Auto White Balance tends to work much better in natural light compared to artificial light indoors, the reason? Very simple, the colour temperature of daylight corresponds better with the colour temperature of the camera when in Auto mode, unlike artificial light where the colour temperature set within the camera for “Incandescent” is not same as the 2 bulbs in the room. Therefore, the likelihood of getting correct colours indoors is much less since the colour temperature of indoor lights can vary quiet a bit and may not match with the colour temperature set in your camera for a given setting, eventually rendering incorrect final images. GET YOUR WHITE BALANCE RIGHT!

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