Recently, someone asked me how I get my white balance so perfect. This question kind of took me by surprise because I honestly had no idea that my white balance looked “perfect” at all! I have always shot in auto white balance. It wasn’t until earlier this year that I really started to care about my white balance at all. Canon files are notoriously “blue”, meaning that their color temperature tends to be on the cool side. I never really minded it before, but this year I’ve started to play around with it because white balance really can make a huge difference in the look of an image!
I fix my white balance in Lightroom, but one of my goals for 2013 is to start shooting in Kelvin/manual white balance. I started to play around with it after attending Trevor Dayley’s workshop in September but learning Kelvin and manual white balance is something I’ll try to conquer next year. I know it will help me tremendously because it will cut down the time I spend fixing it in post-processing.
So unfortunately I don’t have any cool tricks to share when it comes to adjusting my white balance. Right now, it’s all done in Lightroom using the temperature slider, circled in pink below. After I import my images to Lightroom, I apply a preset to all of my images and go through a star the ones I want to deliver to my client. After that, I go through and adjust the white balance on all of the “keepers” by adjusting one image and syncing it with all of the same images shot in the same lighting conditions. This definitely speeds up the process for me.
For me, I just move the slider to the right until the color looks good. I don’t use any hard and fast rules. Just warm it up until I like it I know that’s not very specific and probably not at all helpful haha… I’m sorry! Really, I just work each photo in Lightroom until it looks good to me. I hope this helps explain my white balance method and if there are any lingering questions, please feel free to comment below and I’ll try my best to answer them!