White balance is important when you deal with settings that have changing light. All light is on a temperature scale that ranges from appearing really orange to really blue. In order for the colors to appear normal and correct, the camera sensor will need to be tuned to the light temperature that the camera is dealing with. This is where white balance comes in. Many cameras perform this function automatically, especially smart phones. However, if the need arises, there are a few ways to change the white balance on your phone.
Most cameras will have a specific set of presets that are based on common lighting temperatures and situations. These presets are set to a specific lighting temperature based on individual situations. They will often be listed according to the relevant setting and environment, such as “sunny,” “cloudy,” or other settings.
Custom White Balance
The custom white balance process is different for every camera. In general, it will say something like “custom white balance” or “CWB.” It may also say “AWB” for automatic white balance. Once you have found this setting, all you have to do is hold something white, like a piece of paper, up to the camera and click the button. The camera will then automatically adjust so that the object appears white in the image.
The white balance can be manually adjusted on certain camera. The number that is adjusted is referred to as the k-value. The k-value can be adjusted based on the temperature scale, allowing you to ensure that the camera is set to the same temperature as the lighting the camera is dealing with.
There are multiple ways to adjust white balance. Knowing the different ways to adjust it can help you ensure the optimal image and appearance for your video. To learn more about what white balance is and how it affects your video, contact our experts at Robin Hood Studios today!