White Balance

After reading the article, I have learned the significance of considering white balance in photography. While many may choose to ignore it, the tones and shades of many pictures may differ than from what was originally presented. This is due to the lighting, which overall affects the “temperature” of the picture. In situations like this, it is important to adjust the white balance of your camera. These white balance settings include auto, tungsten, fluorescent, daylight/sunny, cloudy, flash, and shade. These seven settings are individually presented in different settings, depending on the lighting of the area. For example, cloudy mode may be used on cooler days, as its responsibility “warms” up the tone of the picture. Without adjusting the settings of white balance, your pictures may result in a color you might have not expected or wanted. 

Auto mode is entirely automatic, where the camera attempts to continually compensate for the pictures taken. 

Tungsten mode is directed to shots taken indoors, as it cools the tone of warmer lights (usually caused by lightbulbs). 

Fluorescent mode is directed to fluorescent lights, also cooling the tone of the picture.  

Daylight/Sunny mode is not available in most cameras, as it does not alter much of the settings already incorporated into white balance.  

Cloudy mode, slightly different from daylight mode, warms up the tone of a picture. 

Flash mode is directed to shots taken with the flash, as it warms the tone of shots cooled down from the extra light. 

Shade mode refers to shots taken in the shade, and it helps warm the tone of the overall picture. 

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