Photo Tip Tuesday- Kelvin White Balance

I have had a lot of issues with white balance lately. Apparently the D7000 is known for not having the best Auto White Balance. I have heard a ton of great things about the Kelvin White Balance. I checked out this post then decided  to head outside and play around. These are SOOC.

I am loving it so far. The 7140 was a great warm color, but the 10,000 was too warm. The 5000 looked pretty good but a little too cool and the 2500 was way too cool. There really is a lot to it but I just wanted to get a feel for the numbers.

This chart is a good starting point. I borrowed it from that post.

Here is the photo with 7140K edited. I just cooled it down a tad, bumped up the contrast and sharpened for the web.

Hopefully this was helpful and gets you started using Kelvin White Balance.  I have been using it and it takes a minute to adjust it but it is worth it. I would rather take that couple of seconds before taken the photo then having to do it all post processing.

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  • Smile1510
    February 14, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    thank you very much! I also own a D7000 and I have lots of issues with White balance!

    tomorrow I will try!

    Cinzia Italy

  • deb duty
    February 7, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Just found this on pinterest! Totally missed it the first time. Really great info!

  • Layne Brotherton
    January 10, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I cannot thank you enough for the blog.Much thanks again. Fantastic.

  • Wayne Follett
    January 9, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Major thanks for the article post.Thanks Again. Cool.

  • Meryl
    October 28, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Lovely fall shots!

  • Bethany
    October 26, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Beautiful shots!

  • Emily
    October 25, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Loved seeing the same shot at different numbers. Thank you for sharing!

  • Kim
    October 25, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    I have heard a lot about this. I never shoot auto white balance. I shoot custom WB, but haven’t done Kelvin. I know a lot of print labs (like Pro DPI) suggest using 6500 for prints. So this would be neat to try and play around with. Thanks for the link and info!

  • Deborah
    October 25, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    This is a great article … I need to practice this myself!
    Thank you for sharing it, and this beautiful image!
    Visiting from Simplicity’s site. 🙂

  • Gina
    October 25, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I love how that turned out Sarah- this is something I never feel is quite right with my pics. I need to spend more time messing with it I suppose. So much to learn- so little time. 🙂

  • Jodi Hall
    October 25, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Thank you for posting this. i just recently started getting out of the auto white balance and im struggling with it.

  • AJ Kreations
    October 25, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Great tutorial…have to look into this!

  • Susan
    October 25, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Interesting article! I agree your 5000 shot seems the closet to natural.

  • Amber
    October 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    I have been playing around with it a bit too. It def. makes a big difference.

  • Kelly
    October 25, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    How very cool 🙂 I like how you put them side by side to see the difference 🙂 Happy Tuesday!

  • Dina @ 4 Lettre Words
    October 25, 2011 at 11:54 am

    You are a wealth of knowledge, my friend!

  • Jaymi
    October 25, 2011 at 10:48 am

    what a great experiment! I really need to learn more about Kelvin, thanks for sharing that chart, that seems like a great place to start! Thanks for linking up 🙂

  • Jill Franklin
    October 25, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Okaaay…I’ll admit it. I’ve never really taken the time to figure out the white balance thing.

    This is a great post, thank you for bringing it to my attention. Very helpful!

  • Courtney
    October 25, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I have been hearing a lot about the Kelvin White Balance and have yet to look into it. This helps. Thanks, Sarah! Great shots!

  • Ashley Sisk
    October 25, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I really need to take some time one day to practice this.

  • Jessica
    October 25, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Finding the right balance can be such a pain and I’m clueless!!! LOL

  • freckles & dimples
    October 25, 2011 at 9:27 am

    thanks for the info…i use a white balance card, but it doesnt always work the greatest. I like customizing the WB on my auto setting, that seems to work better!

  • secret mom thoughts
    October 25, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Great tip. I need to experiment with this.

  • Faith
    October 25, 2011 at 9:01 am

    That is totally awesome! I’ll have to try that.

  • Mats
    October 25, 2011 at 7:14 am

    Finding the right white balance is not always easy. 🙂