White Balance

I have been shooting using the Kelvin scale for quite a while now and have taught several classes to students. It is amazing how the quality of your images improves. It often seems very hard to learn the scale. Your camera has the basic Lightbulb 3200, Fluorescent 4200, Sun 5200, Cloud 6000, Shade 7000, Dark shade up to 9000, Flash 5200 – 5500. This is a good place to start.

One little trick that works quite well when you are learning how to use your white balance settings is to turn your camera’s live view mode on. In this mode, often used for video, you will be able to push the WB button and click through the WB settings to Kelvin then dial in your Kelvin temperature all while seeing the changes happen in real time in your camera. This is a great way to practice.

This is the Kelvin Chart that I like.

  • If the image appears yellow in the view finder dial the temperature up.
  • If the image appears blue dial the temperature down.
  • This is one of the best ways to learn and understand light.

If you have an iPhone you can check out the app "Light Spectrum Pro." This is a good app for determining kelvin light temperature.. There are a few things you need to know when using this app. At the bottom of the app you will see a small line and and below that a small bar. Pull up the bar and you can choose different settings to determine your kelvin temperature. I like F7 and none for basic settings.