How to Shoot in Kelvin White Balance | Tutorial
We’re excited to bring to you this super simple and straight-forward tutorial form Ariella. She’s going to show us how to shoot with Kelvin temperature. Bonus: Scroll down to watch her step by step video!
Shooting in Kelvin White Balance is pretty amazing, guys! I can’t wait to show you how I do it so you can start trying it out yourself! Just like anything else – shooting in Manual, back button focusing or any other awesome thing you learn in photography – it will take a few tries to get used to. But as you will see, once you do, it’s so quick and so worth it!
First of all, what is Kelvin White-balance? Kelvin is just the name we use for manually setting color temperatures of an image. Every image has a Kelvin Temperature number that it was shot at, whether you let your camera guess the number on “Auto” mode, or set it manually yourself. Lower numbers (such as 2000) make your image look cooler and higher numbers (8000) make your image warmer.
Here are some of the BONUSES of shooting in Kelvin:
4.) I personally am more accurate with creating the warm tones I’m trying to get if I start with a warmer image. If I start with a cool one, my eye is thrown way off. In this image below, I forgot to check my white balance and kept it too warm for my style. But I still found it much easier to correct the image with a couple clicks toward the cool side than if I had started with a totally blue image in the first place. As you can see, it still has way more pleasing color than if I had shot it in “Martian Blue Auto!” ;)
Here’s a quick video showing you how to set your camera to Kelvin. I have a Canon 6D, so it may be different for you. But YouTube or your manual can help you find it on your own camera! I’d imagine that most Canon models are similar.
One last huge tip alert!
If you set your camera to live view and then adjust the kelvin, you can see the color change on the live screen! I’ve done this a few times and it’s super handy!
Ariella is a portrait photographer in the Seattle area who enjoys creating clean, bright, colorful images. Her favorite things are her big family of 7, pygmy goats, good books, Christmas, and most importantly, her savior! You can read more on her blog: ariellanoelle.com or follow her instagram: @ariellanoelle
December 8, 2016
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