White Balance (WB)

Due to chromatic adaptation, the color of the light that we see with our eyes may look different in a photograph.

For example, incandescent lights produce orange light.

Yet we see the light as white.

Our visual system corrects the color of the light.

In a photograph, however, the light will be orange.

To correct for incandescent lighting, hold down the WB button and turn the rear control knob until the light bulb icon appears.

You could use the automatic white balance setting (AWB) if the color accuracy is less critical.

There are additional icons for sun, fluorescents (green correction), shade (cyan correction), cloudy weather (blue correction), and custom/preset settings.

Check the WB Setting

Make it a habit to check where the white balance is set when you turn your camera on.

For example, let's say you had it set for incandescent lights last night.

Today, you're photographing in the sun.

If you forgot to change the white balance, your photographs will be too blue.

In the photograph of the white hydrangea below, I made it into a blue-colored hydrangea by using the wrong WB setting.

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Above, the white balance was set correctly for a sunny day.

The Sun icon was selected.

Below, the white balance was set mistakenly.

The Light Bulb icon was selected.

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White Balance