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End Your White Balance Problems...



I have a serious problem. I have an enemy. Its not a social problem. I am was in a seemingly endless battle with my arch nemesis, Mr. White Balance. Thats until I found a feature on my new Canon EOS Rebel t3i called custom white balance (which has solved my problems for now). So how do you use this feature? Its just too simple :).

*all you need is a stack of white printer or paper or something very true white.

If you want to see the change take a regular picture with the popular 'auto WB' function.

(before) 
   The picture is still pretty cute because its Gus who still loves his spot in the printer paper shelf even though he doesn't quite fit anymore. The only thing wrong is the colors aren't exactly true to themselves (like in real life). To make it better, take a picture of the white paper (even if its not perfect white) so that it will fill up the whole screen. I recommend to turn it to manual if its not already so it doesn't try to focus on the paper's imperfections.


As far as i can tell after experimenting, this just tells the camera what white looks like in the situation and fixes the colors with that. Now, with that being the last picture you took, change the white balance setting to custom (you have to be in one these modes; manual(M), Ap. priority(Av), Shut. Priority(Tv), or Program AE (P)). Now click the 'menu button'. There will be little red, blue, yellow, and green icons at the top. Go to the 2nd red icon. Fourth on the list for me it said custom white balance. Click it! It should show the last picture you took, click 'set' or 'ok' and you are done! Take a picture now (preferably in the same spot where you took your last one). 

After!
By the way, if anyone was wondering how long this takes, just know that its about the exact time for a cat to get up and lay back down again + the time it takes for him to get "comfortable". It doesn't look too comfortable to me...

Gus GIF!

Here were some of my other results!

Paw pad

You can really see the true color of the wall in the next one instead of the brownish grey it usually shows up as.




Burton Guster glamour shot



Make sure to contact me by filling out my contact form if needed. Feel free to ask questions! Hope this helps :).


24 comments:

  1. Hi, Ty - what an excellent tutorial - thanks much for explaining so well! White balance is an old archenemy of mine, too!

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  2. Thanks for the tips. I got a Nikon D5100 over the holiday. It's my first DSLR & so I'm reading as many tutorials as possible!

    Flounces and Hubbub

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    1. My first DSLR too! So excited :).

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  3. Anonymous1:08 PM

    Awesome tutorial! I am using a Samsung and once you go to white balance it asks you to then take the pic of the white paper. I'm having fun experimenting. Thank you.

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  4. Just have to say, this is basically the cutest cat I have ever seen.

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  5. Thank you so much Ty for this tutorial! Great blog - congrats!

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  6. THANK YOU! I think you just solved my huge problem, amazing!
    Your cat is funny:D

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  7. Wow, I have to try this. Thanks for sharing :)

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  8. You are a freakin' genius! Just used this method and got some amazing pics that have been eluding me. Thanks much!!!

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  9. Thanks for this! I've been trying to learn more about my camera but I was never quite sure how to use this setting before now.
    -Katie

    www.punkprojects.com

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  10. Awesome! I'll have to see if that works on my Nikon D5100! Crossing my fingers, since it looks like it would save a lot of time/effort trying to fix things afterwards with photo editing software!

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  11. Anonymous12:45 PM

    Awwww! PAW PADS!!! I love cat paw pads!!!

    Also, good tutorial. And lovely lovely lovely cat.

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  12. I like it very much :)

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  13. Anonymous7:47 PM

    Since I have the same camera as you, Ty, I must ask....do you have issues getting it to fire in low light conditions. I couldn't even get it to snap a white piece of paper. Just wonderin'....
    jp

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    1. Manual focus is definitely the way to go, as it will fire in any condition whether its in focus or not, including low light... Hope this helps and maybe use your flash? :) good question

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  14. Everyone is commenting on tutorial, I just think Gus is cute.

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    1. I think TY AND Gus are both cute.

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  15. Anonymous11:36 AM

    Thank you!!

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  16. Thank you so much!

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  17. Great job and thanks for sharing! I am long-term "borrowing" the same camera and still learning how to make pics better for my blog. I'm impressed; you're doing a great job!

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  18. great article and cute kitty! Oh and by the way, I have the exact same camera...so this article will hopefully solve my white balance problems forever!
    Thanks TY
    Anshu
    http://bloomsnbugs.blogspot.com

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  19. Wow thanks for this post! I found this via Craftgawker. How ironic that my project submissions keep getting rejecting due to color balance issues and I stumbled across this :) The before and after gif really helped me get it. I got the T3i recently, so I can't wait to try this.

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  20. Anonymous11:53 PM

    You have the smartest looking cat! <3

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