Setting the white balance properly is the secret weapon for many professional photographers to yield great photos.
Many apprentice photographers and the people who possess the digital cameras do not know what is white balance and its importance in the photographs!
Some apprentice photographers often overlook the importance of white balance in the pictures and does not even bother to give a look to the white balance setting in the cameras.
So, for those who do not know the importance of white balance and the necessity of white balance in the photographs, read the article to understand the white balance settings and its importance in the photographs.
What exactly is white balance?
The simple meaning is proper adjustment of white balance in the photographs yield accurate colors in the original picture frame in the photographs.
As an apprentice photographer, you must have noticed that when you click picture you find some colors which are not in the original frame. Sometimes, the photo gets highlighted with the orange, red, blue, yellow colors and the naked eye cannot recognize these colors which are present in the frame, but the lens can identify different colors and shows the colors in the photo.
Different sources of lights have different color frequencies and our normal eye adjusts to the frequency of light and does not highlight the lights. But the lens does not adjust to the lights and hence show the lights in the photographs. However, the digital camera lens does not have the intelligence to adjust itself to the different light frequencies.
So, for controlling the high light frequencies, you have to use white balance. This will control the frequencies and make the picture look normal without highlighting the colors.
Adjusting the white balance:
White balance setting is not same in all the digital cameras; the setting differs from camera to camera. Digital cameras which are being released now possess automatic white balance settings and the camera itself gets adjusted to the lighting frequencies.
Some cameras need to be adjusted manually and you need to have some knowledge on the white balance to set white balance according to the light frequencies. The cameras have automatic, semi-automatic and manual modes in setting white balance [Different camera modes].
Different settings of white balance in the cameras:
There are some of the basic settings in the cameras on white balance. These features of these settings are normally present in all the cameras. The different white balance settings in the cameras are:
Auto: If you set camera in the auto mode, the camera lens adjusts to the light frequencies and captures the original color in the frame. This mode is very useful for clicking the images in different light frequencies.
Tungsten: This mode is useful for clicking the images in tungsten lighting. This mode is useful when shooting indoors under a small incandescent bulb. It cools down the colors in the photo providing a cooler picture frame.
Fluorescent: The fluorescent lighting has very low frequency and the color is very cool and dull. By setting the camera in this mode, you can add some warm colors in the shots for good photos.
Sunny: Only some of the cameras possess this setting. It cuts down the harshness of the sun and provides a cooler picture.
Shade: The color in the shade is normally cooler and the shade is in a cooler color, often in blue. So these settings add lighting to the frame and make the picture warmer.
The latest digital cameras released now are possessing ‘White Balance Bracketing’. This mode in the cameras allow the photographer to take serial shots of a picture in different lighting frequencies.