No manual white balance? Don't despair...

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No manual white balance? Don’t despair…

I have been using this trick to make my camera set a more accurate white balance with my Sony Digital8 camera when shooting indoors.

One often finds when using a video camera with automatic white balance only that the colors one gets under indoor lights are not correct: either too pink or greenish depending on the lights.

You can get a much better setting with your camera by setting your focus on a white wall, a card or even a shirt on the stage you are shooting at, leave the focus as set, turn the camera off, then turn it on again while it is still pointed at the white. The camera then sets itself to the actual white in the room and you will get a much improved color tint. You must not shut off the camera or you will have to reset the white, but you can pause.

I have tried this on other cameras with automatic white balance and it seems to really do the trick.

Debra Arbuckle

Alameda, CA

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