Currently, I am taking an online digital photography class. And the exercise is on white balance. I realized this is one of the features I haven’t explore much. There are over 15 different choices of WB on the menu, and have used only three settings — sun, cloudy, and 5560K (color temperature). In my quest for a creative and sharper image, I have neglected to learn the importance of the WB function. Instead I’ve focused mostly on the shutter speed and aperture. And relying on Photoshop to fix any color problems.
For the experiment, I used an orange sitting on a light box with natural light from the window. No post processing other than cropping. You can see the difference in color temperature, saturation, and clarity of the image with various WB settings.
The settings for the 6 images are:
50mm Nikkor prime lens
2 s – f/22