White balance settings – Canon EOS D30 User Manual

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White Balance Settings

In light from any source, the proportion of the primary colors (red, green, blue) in the light varies
according to the color temperature. Higher color temperatures contain a greater proportion of
blue, and lower color temperatures contain a greater proportion of red. Moving from low to high,
the progression is red




blue-white. For example, a given subject

will appear reddish if taken under tungsten (incandescent) lighting, or greenish if taken under
fluorescent lighting.
The human eye automatically adapts to changes in light so that white subjects appear white
even under different lighting conditions. Cameras that use film have to adjust for these
differences by using color-correcting filters or switching to different film types. Digital cameras
rely on software to correct the color temperature by determining white as the basis for the colors
in the subject, then correcting the other colors to achieve a natural color range.

mode automatically selects the white balance according to the light source where you

are shooting. If this does not produce pictures with satisfactory coloring, you can select a mode
other than




Color temperature K (Kelvin)

Camera selects the setting automatically.

approx. 4000 -7000

For bright outdoor daylight.

approx. 5500

For cloudy conditions at twilight or evening.

approx. 6000

For indoor incandescent lighting.

approx. 3200

For indoor white fluorescent lighting.

approx. 4000

For flash pictures.

approx. 5900

To photograph a white subject to use as a
base color, then load that white balance

approx. 2000-10000

data to set the ideal white

balance for that