[Tutorial] Learn The Art of White Balance

2017-08-08 14:33:54
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Hello Mi Fans,

In this tutorial, lets understand White Balance and get the most out of it.

When you shoot an object under different lighting conditions, its colour may not appear natural. For example, the colour of objects will change when shot in traditional bulbs (incandescent) and in LED or CFL bulbs. White balance is used to correct it. At times, the auto white balance works fine. But sometimes, it may not. And thats when you need to switch to manual white balance.

Lets see how we can change White Balance. Open Camera and follow these steps.

These are the choices we have in White Balance.

Auto: The camera decides as per lighting conditions. Works most of the times.
Incandescent: To be used under traditional bulbs which emit a little yellow light.
Daylight: To be used during daytime photography.
Fluorescent: This will add more blue to the picture.
Cloudy: As name suggests, it should be used under cloudy conditions. It adds a little warmth to the picture.
Manual: You can manually adjust the colour temperature. (Available only in Mi devices, not in Redmi phones).

Lets see how these changes your pic. I have taken shot of this beer mug with same lighting and just changed the white balance.

I don't like how the colour of background is almost in grey scale.

Slight blue tint added to overall colours.

Warmer colour temperature

Again warm, but not as warm colour temperature as Daylight.

The colour are even warmer than daylight.

Manual - 2000
2000 Colour temperature will given a cool look, which is towards blue.

Manual - 8000 - Preferred
8000 Colour Temperature will give warmer look, towards yellow.

This beer is made up from Food Colour. I didn’t get the beer colour right. If only the colour of beer was fine, this shot would be perfect. It gives a good overall colour tones. And there is no clash between the background colour and the foreground beer mug colour.

So, we have seen how white balance effects colour change. At times, even if you get the white balance right, it is good to experiment with it. Here are a few shots which uses different white balance. Technically, these shots not be correct white balance but gives a good end result.

Auto White Balance

2000 White Balance

8000 White Balance - Preferred

Auto White Balance

2000 White Balance - Preferred

So experiment a bit with White Balance and you can turn your ordinary picture to extraordinary.

Thank you.


Please check my other tutorials:

Photography Hack - How To Shoot With Amazing Backgrounds
5 Tips On How To Shoot Better Wallpaper Images

How To Use Window Light Creatively To Click Photos
How to take professional photos with your mobile


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Hariom Raj | from Redmi 4


Wow awsome information about manual mode gurujee
2017-08-08 15:45:16
MIUI Beta Tester  & President of Mi Fan Club Patna
O dude u really rocked it
2017-08-08 18:40:10
Wowww.. every photo is excellent. The tutorial on white balance is simple yet very informative. Thanks for sharing bro.
2017-08-08 21:36:43
Wow great tutorial..... Lot's of information about manual mode and white balance will help me and others.. thank you...
2017-08-08 23:23:52

Кролик Майстер

SSNayak | from Redmi Note 4


Just awesome bro.. the pics n da tutorial. thank you very much for sharing this..
2017-08-08 23:44:42
great job again akhil bro
waiting for next tips
2017-08-09 01:39:18
thanks for update
2017-08-09 11:54:44

MIUI beta tester

Ketan Kr | from Redmi 3S


awesome that create color
2017-08-09 14:10:17


veerran | from Redmi Note 4


thanks for your activity
2017-08-09 19:48:54
that's realy helpful and images are just awesome good work
2017-08-09 21:09:28
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