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If you’ve ever taken photos that ended up looking a little orange or blue, then this post will definitely help you. White balance can be a bit confusing, but with just a little understanding you’ll see that it can be key to taking amazing photos.
What is White Balance?
The White Balance (WB) determines how accurate the colour, or more specifically the temperature of the photo comes out. You may have experienced your photos appearing slightly orange or blue, even though when setting up the shot it looked normal. This is because different sources of light have a different colour or temperature to them. Fluorescent lighting adds a cool bluish hue to photos, whereas tungsten lights add a warm yellowish tinge.
We don't notice this difference in temperature because our eyes adjust automatically for it (unless the temperature of the light is very extreme). However, a digital camera is not able to make these adjustments automatically and sometimes will need us to tell it how to treat different light.
Colour Temperature (Kelvin)