In this post we’ll take a look at your camera’s white balance settings and how you can get the most accurate colours possible.
Your camera’s Automatic White Balance setting generally does a pretty good job of capturing colours correctly in most lighting conditions, but it’s not infallible.
Set a Custom White Balance… In-Camera or on the Computer
For precise colours, you’ll need to take control and create a ‘custom’ white balance setting for the light you’re shooting in. There are a number of white balance aids available to help you do this – such as the JJC White Balance Lens Cap (£11) – but all you really need is a piece of white or grey card or a sheet white paper!
Shoot Raw files, and you can adjust the white balance at your leisure in Raw processing software, such as the Adobe Camera Raw plug-in that comes with Photoshop Elements – the options are similar to those on your camera.
1. Set up a reference card
3. Camera Raw in CS
4. Select and synchronise
How to set a custom white balance in camera…
1. Take a shot of the card – it needs to fill the central area of the frame. Use any WB setting.
2. Select the Custom WB option in your camera’s shooting menu, and press SET.
3. Scroll through your images until you find the shot of the white card. Press SET, then OK.
4. Open the white balance menu and choose the Custom symbol to use the new white balance setting.