Some days I spend hours scouring the internet looking for tips and tricks to improve my craft. So I thought I’d create a mini-series and share some tips I’ve found to be super helpful.
Set a custom white balance when you are shooting
Doing so will ensure you are capturing accurate colors and will also reduce post-processing time. Hooray for efficiency!
To set your custom white balance:
- Simply take a piece of white or neutral/grey paper so it’s in the same lighting as your subject. It’s best to shoot in manual focus so that you can get a clear shot, but it’s not necessary.
- Fill your camera frame with the card and take a photo of it from the same direction as you will be taking your main shot.
- Now you’ll want to set the custom white balance based on this shot. Enter your camera’s white balance settings and look for either Presets or Custom White Balances.
- Select the image of the card to set this as the white balance reference point.
You will have to do this every time you change your scenery or subject but I assure you taking the extra few minutes ahead of time and setting this will save you a world of time during post.
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