You know when your digital camera seems to automatically make your pictures tinted a little bit blue or a little bit green instead of the way the scene actually looked? A lot of times that’s due to your camera’s white balance.
It’s a term I’ve heard before and sort-of understand, but I’m not going to pretend I fully understand all the ins and outs of white balance. There are plenty of websites out there, like this one and this one that will do a much better job explaining than I ever could.
Instead, I wanted to explore the white balance settings on my Canon Rebel to see what happened.
I took seven different photos of the exact same subject: my laptop keyboard while sitting on my couch in my living room, which was lit by one tungsten 3-way bulb. Each of the photos was taken using the same manual setting (Yep! I was brave enough to try manual!), and the only thing that different was the white balance setting.
Below lists the setting of each photo from left to right, top to bottom.
- Auto White Balance
- White Fluorescent
- Auto White Balance*
*The last two photos are repeats, just for the sake of the collage.
Note: There was absolutely no Photoshopping involved here. All images are straight from the camera.
I thought this was a fun way to get to know my camera better, and it also makes for a neat little collage. I may experiment again soon with other settings (aperture, shutter speed, etc.), so stay tuned.