Sometimes Losing Your (White) Balance Can Be A Good Thing

If you’ve using the white balance  setting on your camera in automatic mode, you’ve been missing out on the compositional possibilities of picking a specific white balance setting.

Most  people use the white balance settings  on their camera to get color accuracy (white as we see it = white in our photograph). If you’re  using the auto white balance setting on your camera your camera is attempting to do this for you.

Two things can happen with the white balance settings on our camera:

  1. The white balance setting on our camera is equal to the color temperature of the light source. I tend to call this a compatible white balance setting. (white as we see it = white in our photograph)
  2. The white balance setting on our camera is NOT equal to the color temperature of the light source. I tend to call this a incompatible white balance setting. (white as we see it does not = white in our photograph. We can begin to get predictable  color shifts.)

While scenario one is the most frequently used, understanding how to use scenario two can add additional depth to our compositions. Among  other things, You can use scenario two to warm up skin tones, make day seem like night and add a psychological element to your picture.

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