Hello everyone, and Happy 2019! It’s been a while since my last post, because I haven’t found anything else that I understand enough to explain with simplicity. There are multiple topics I could be writing about, but barely any topics I can explain concisely. The other day, I went into Mike’s Camera in Pleasant Hill, and purchased the ProMaster Creative White Balance Kit. Today, I’m going to explain how to use it…
In order to keep color accuracy among different lighting conditions, you will need to set the white balance each time the lighting conditions change. When shooting outdoors, it can be difficult to notice subtle changes in lighting, but the sun is always moving, the clouds are always moving, and if you’re shooting in a busy city at night, lights are always changing, so just keep this in mind and set your custom white balance frequently.
The creative white balance tool which somewhat resembles an LED face is the main part of the kit. The blue and yellow filters are optional, for creative coloring. They slide into the back of the tool. If you want a cooler white balance setting, slide the yellow filter into the tool. If you prefer a warmer white balance, use the blue filter. Blue for warm photos, yellow for cool/cold photos. If you want a perfect white balance, there is no need for the filters.
Hold the back of the tool(the side with the slots), facing your camera, and at a distance to where the tool fills the middle third of your screen display(This ensures an accurate reading of your current lighting). Take a shot. Now go to the menu with “Custom White Balance”, and select that option.
I’m using the Canon 80D, but each camera’s layout is somewhat different, so please keep this in mind. Once you have taken a shot of the tool and have selected “Custom White Balance”, you will see the last image you took(which should be the tool shot), and a prompt that says “Only compatible images displayed”. Select the image you want to use to create your custom white balance setting, and select “Okay”, or “Set”. Again, each camera is different so the wording and/or menus will vary to some degree. Now go to the “White Balance” menu(not “Custom White Balance”), and select the custom icon…
Now you should have perfect color in your next few photos, but if anything changes, whether time, distance between you and the subject, clouds, sun light, shadows, etc., be sure to take another shot of your white balance tool, and set the white balance in order to maintain color accuracy.
So there you have it. I hope that you now have a better understanding of one of many options for setting a custom white balance. This is the method that I prefer, and you may find your own preference.
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