white balance what ?!?! - Dreamstime

hi my friends, what's up?

I'm going to tell you a simple trick to improve the color balance of your images without post-production, it's a simple thing I want to share for beginners like me.

Sometimes looking at my pictures I keen eye that white objects aren't really white, many times my backgrounds turn to cyan instead of white.

this is one of the first image I've uploaded

It's all about the "color temperature" of a light source, which refers to the warmth or coolness of your picture.

I've used for months the pre-settings of my camera for balance the white, you know sunny, cloudy, shadows, artificial lights..... but I realized that sun light is never the same, cloudy days are always different, darker and lighter.

... and this one of the last ones...

so I've started to keep in my camera bag some white cards as reference for customize the white balance before starting a session, you can use an unprinted photographic paper.

it's allowing me to take better pictures, and get less rejected pictures!

believe me, you lose a minute but it worth the game!

hope you enjoy!

keep shooting! (with your camera...obviously)


Photo credits: Lorenzo Gambaro.

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October 13, 2012


So simple and so useful! Just great! Take care! Catherine

September 22, 2011


Thanks for sharing!!

September 22, 2011


Great blog! thanx for sharing.

September 22, 2011


Thanks for sharing...

September 22, 2011


Good advice. One of the first things a photographer experiences after a switch from a point and shoot to a more complex camera is the issue of white balance. Software such as Photoshop or Lightroom can be used to fix white balance issues but its always better to get it right in the camera. Lately I've done some studio shots with 300 watt CFLs that state right on the box that they put out a color temp of 2700. So I enter that into the white balance settings.

September 22, 2011


Thank you for the information, really useful and interesting blogs, you have a nice portfolio,keep it up Lorenzo!

September 21, 2011


Good tips. Thanks for sharing!

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