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White Balance – How to Adjust White Balance in Photography


White balance is the common part of digital cameras, many photographers will use white balance settings to remove unrealistic lights. You can get several presets on every DSLR to use white balance correction before shooting. Though it is just a small part in digital photography, you can use the white balance camera to create different atmosphere with the same scene. Actually, white balance settings are the way to adjust light colors. You can set in DSLR in ahead, or you can also choose to download white balance on Android or iPhone to operate on it.

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Part 1: The definition of White Balance

White balance (WB) in digital photography is adjustment of color intensities. The mainly consist elements are red, blue and green. Sometimes you can find that photos have turned orange or blue, which the way white balance works. Color temperature often being linked with white balance code. If you want to get attractive photos about parties, you need to set higher color temperature with the relative white balance settings. The white balance adjustment can also be regarded as color balance achievement.

All new DSLR have white balance settings, the most popular one is Auto white balance (AWB). AWB is the preset, which cameras can catch ambient lights during capturing. For most amateurs, using AWB is the nice choice to avoid capturing in strange colors. Moreover, there are also other white balance presets you should know. If you cannot handle the accurate white balance algorithm, you can reset white balance on Photoshop too. You can also turn to other white balance editors online or offline. In addition, if you are not sure which white balance setting others had used, you can use an EXIF viewer to figure out.

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Part 2: How to Adjust White Balance during shooting process

As you just know, Auto White Balance is the frequently used for beginners of DSLRs. In order to be a professional photographer, you should be familiar with all the white balance modes instead.

Daylight White Balance is the mode to add bright lights to original photos. It is not the basic White Balance factor, because you may get normal pictures without much White Balance effect.

Tungsten White Balance is the white balance mode for indoor shooting. When you need to cool down the lights from bulbs, you can try the mode of Tungsten white balance setting.

Fluorescent White Balance is just the opposite of Tungsten. If you thought your photos are cooler, you can use Fluorescent white balance exposure to warm things up.

Cloudy White Balance is the middle of Daylight and Tungsten.

Flash White Balance is the WB mode aims for situation with Speedlight.

Kelvin White Balance is add on feature for users to adjust color temperature, usually combines with white balance effects.

Shade White Balance setting works like its name, the degree of color is a little darker than direct sunlight.

If you still cannot get satisfied white balance adjustment, you can set manual setting to get the perfect one. Though the specific name of white balance DSLR may be slightly different, you can get the similar function from the above paragraph.

Moreover, may digital cameras use RAW as default image format. It is a wise idea. Because RAW can protect whole image data even though you set WB mode. If you set wrong white balance mode, you can still recover the original photographs, however, JPEG files do not support photographers to get metadata. Therefore, RAW is still the top one image format in DSLRs, just like TIFF files in photo editing.

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Part 3: Best method to adjust White Balance as after effects

What should you do if you are not satisfied with the white balance of the taken photos? You might find the photographs in both JPEG and RAW files. Is there a white balance editor to adjust the parameters? WidsMob Retoucher is the ultimate solution to adjust the different parameters to get a desired result for your photos.

1. Adjust saturation, contrast, brightness, white balance and tint for photos.

2. Optimize skin smoothing and skin whitening for portrait images.

3. Reduce the luminance/chrominance noise and sharpness of pictures.

4. LOMO effects to adjust the color opacity, vignetting and fisheye.

5. Advanced film simulations with 28 camera profiles and film grains.

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Step 1: Import photographs into the white balance editor. Click the “Import” button to add the photos into the program. It supports both the RAW files and JPEG photos. You can also drag-n-drop the photos into the program directly. Click the “Next” option to continue.

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Step 2: Click the “ADJUSTMENT” option to adjust the white balance settings (temperature) as well as others, such as saturation, contrast, brightness and tint. Turn on the “Before/After” mode to compare the effect and choose the desired one with ease.

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Step 3: In order to get the best result of the image white balance, you can also take advantage of the film simulation instead. Just choose the “FILMPACK” option and select the camera profile, color modes and film grain and other parameters to get the best result.

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Step 4: After that you can click the “Save” option to save the picture to your computer. You can also click the “Share” option to upload the photos to social media sites directly with the white balance editor.


Conclusion

White balance effect is an advanced parameter to enhance photo clarity and attraction. You can accurate white balance setting with presets or set manually, it depends on your need. The situation to apply WB also different from each other, the normal choice is warm WB code. And for those characteristic objects, cooler atmosphere may be more suitable. Setting white balances on digital cameras are very easy with WidsMob Retoucher. You can get the certain icon on DSLR to tap, no more other operations. In conclusion, you need to practice more, with the guide of this white balance introduction, which is the best way to handle white balance skills.

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Peter Wood
Peter Wood
Peter Wood, a senior editor, focus on photography design and editing software and devices.

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