Editing photos should not feel like a burden to you.
Do you spend a lot of time in front of the computer? Just to figure out whether 4500K or 3200K is the “correct” value?
Photography is fun when you are out there taking photographs. Let’s not make it a burden to edit or correct a photo. I am a strong advocate of getting it right in camera, so we can be productive and efficient to do things that actually matters.
Let me show you how in 4 easy steps.
1. Have your subject hold a white balance card. If you are shooting a still life, place the white balance card in front of the product instead.
2. Take a photo of the white balance card. The white balance card should fill up at least half of the frame in the middle.
* Pro Tip: Use Aperture Priority (AV) mode to let the camera decide exposure settings. Dial in a small F-stop value, e.g. f/1.8 or f/2.8 depending on your lens. Or use a light meter.
3. Go to your white balance menu, select “Custom White Balance”. It will prompt you to select an image. Scroll to the image where you have shot the white balance card, then select OK.
4. Take a shot again. If white looks white and black looks black, you are DONE!
Congratulations! You have the correct white balance in just 4 steps.
* Pro Tip: For a location shoot, it is advisable to take a white balance reading again whenever you change location, the light changes from sunny to cloudy, etc. It is better to have a reference point.