White balance explained: how cameras correct the color of different types of light
The White Balance setting you choose will change the colour balance in your pictures, making it warmer or cooler depending on how the sort of light you’re shooting in affects things. Using Auto White Balance is the simple option, but your camera’s White Balance presets give you more control over colour. In this tutorial we’ll explain exactly how these work and how to fine-tune your white balance settings to ensure the most accurate colours possible. Click on the infographic to see the larger version, or drag and drop to your desktop to save. The colour of the light will affect the colours in your photographs. You probably won’t notice this with the naked eye because our minds adapt very quickly to perceive the colour of the light as neutral, even when it’s not. The camera is less forgiving, and records colours exactly as they are. Digital cameras have ‘White Balance’ controls to correct these colour shifts. Auto or presets? Even so, they’re not foolproof.