Yumi Sugimoto

As mentioned above, is it necessary for a good photo to have an “absolutely normal” white balance? How to adjust the white balance of the photo before and after shooting? Let me briefly explain here.

First, what elements make up a good photo:

  1. Appropriate Exposure
    This refers to your control of the camera’s technology, whether the photo can be properly exposed under different circumstances, but pay attention to the fact that the exposure does not have to be “correct”, because there are elements of “ideal mood”.
  2. Artistic
    Artistic conceptions are the emotions and things you want to express in a photo. A photo without artistic conception has no feelings, but a photo with a subject and something to say is often more shocking and exciting.
  3. Framing
    Framing is the method of composing photos. It is mainly divided into the front, middle, and back (background). There is also a “golden section” that beginners must know. Making good use of it is an inevitable condition for the advancement of photography technology. The composition will be discussed in another article.

Artistic Conception! Artistic Conception! Artistic Conception!

Yes, a correct white balance can accurately bring out the colors at the time, but this can seriously affect the mood and emotion of the photo! Here is an example:

figure 1

figure 1



figure 2

figure 2


The photo in Figure 1 has a yellow tint and the white balance in Figure 2 is normal. Although the white balance of the latter is correct, the yellowish effect of the former makes the photo more nostalgic to match the costume of the subject.

Therefore, the setting of white balance should be coordinated according to the needs of the “ideal mood”. Of course, it is difficult for beginners to set the white balance in their minds, so you can:

  1. Before the official shooting, take a few trials with different white balance settings to see which setting is more in line with the effect in your mind;
  2. Use the method of 1. and then use the camera’s RAW format to store the photos, because the RAW format can originally save all the information at the time of shooting (and JPG will “destroy” the information of the photos due to compression), so the photographer can use the software that edits RAW to change the white balance setting later, just like adjusting before shooting;
  3. Use the camera’s “custom white balance” plus some specific white balance adjustments to adjust the white balance (please refer to future articles on this subject).

Pick up your camera now and try it with different white balance settings!