Going for True Colour: Master of the White Balance

I took some time today working on my camera skills, doing some indoor shots of my plant, trying to master the whole colour issue I have. The weather was very unpleasant today, so staying inside was how I was going to spend it–shooting under compact florescent lights, or CFLs.  I really needed to master how I was using the White Balance with this camera becuase working indoors, I am shooting in artificial light, coming from many different types and sources.

With my brand of camera, a Sony A33, it has its own set of peculiar settings, and ways, than shooting with my old Nikon and Cannon SLRs did. I had a Nikon DLSR for while that a friend of mine let me use for a weekend, and it was a totally different animal than this Sony A33. I should point out that the Nikon DSLR was a few years old, and my Sony is very new, but the two are worlds apart in how they handle and function. White Balance is one of them.

I started tweaking the White Balance on my camera today by actually setting the camera into “M” mode, or manual mode, and using the “plus” and “minus” values in the White Balance menu option, as I did a series of shots under some CFLs. To my amazement, I started getting, what I see as true colours, from certain objects in my photos for the very first time. My window blinds, in this photo, seem to be very close to what I see with my naked eyes in terms of colour, tint and brightness.

I also found out that once I set the White Balance, then switch my camera to “Auto,” the values stay the same until I hit the “default” settings in the camera’s menu option. This is cool if I do a lot of shooting in the same room, and I shut the camera off all the time between sessions.

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