How to Set Custom Preset White Balance Using Your Camera Bag

Posted June 3rd, 2014 by   |  Photography  |  Permalink

Here’s a quick one minute video on setting a custom white balance in the field using your camera bag as a gray card. In the video, I use a Think Tank Photo Speed Racer, but any camera bag with a gray surface will do. YouTube Video Link:

Over the last month, I’ve been sharing white balance videos and want to show you a cool trick to use when you’re in the field for setting custom white balance.

In this video, I’m in a gymnasium, with a bunch of kids in the background doing Circus Club, and I want to set the white balance for the ambient light in here. We have a mixed lighting situation, so I’m going to use the gray surface on my Think Tank Speed Racer camera bag to set my white balance.

On my camera, I’m going to push my white balance button, and dial it over to preset white balance, then I’m going to aim the camera down to the gray area on my bag. I take a shot, and look for the “good” indication on the LCD panel to confirm that it captured the color balance. Now I have a preset white balance, and when I photograph the kids, the colors are great.

Setting Custom White Balance

Posted May 12th, 2014 by   |  Photography  |  Permalink
Using a WB target

Using a white balance target to set a custom white balance doesn’t have to be hard. Check out the video to learn how to do this using a Nikon dSLR.

Here’s a video (below) on setting a custom white balance on you Nikon dSLR camera. Using custom white balance is often the best and most accurate way to ensure great colors in your digital photographs. In this video I demonstrate how to use a gray card on location or in your studio. For this example, I’m using the Lastolite EzyBalance, but anything neutral in color will suffice such as a photographic gray card or even a white piece of paper.

Enjoy the video.



White Balance – Manual Settings, Fine Tuning and Kelvin

Posted April 30th, 2014 by   |  Photography  |  Permalink

We’ve just posted two new white balance instructional videos to our YouTube channel. If you are looking for ways to make your colors look great in your photographs, then spending a bit of time understanding white balance is important.

The first video describes setting white balance values manually. These include values such as cloudy, flash, incandescent, fluorescent and sunny. It also talks about how to fine tune the white balance settings to make them slightly warmer or cooler.


The second video discusses White balance Kelvin values. It shows how to adjust the white balance settings if you know the actual color temperature value for a specific scene. For example, setting 5330 K for a sunny day photo, Or 3280 K for an indoor shot.



Nikon White Balance – Automatic

Posted April 11th, 2014 by   |  Photography  |  Permalink

Here’s the first of four new videos on using Nikon white balance. In this edition, I cover using Automatic white balance, while also discussing the fine tuning option for neutralizing color casts. Enjoy.


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