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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26 Discussion to this post

  1. Smile1510 says:

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

    tomorrow I will try!

    Cinzia Italy

  2. deb duty says:

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

  3. Layne Brotherton says:

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

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

  5. Meryl says:

    Lovely fall shots!

  6. Bethany says:

    Beautiful shots!

  7. Emily says:

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

  8. Kim says:

    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!

  9. Deborah says:

    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. 🙂

  10. Gina says:

    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. 🙂

  11. Jodi Hall says:

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

  12. AJ Kreations says:

    Great tutorial…have to look into this!

  13. Susan says:

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

  14. Amber says:

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

  15. Kelly says:

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

  16. You are a wealth of knowledge, my friend!

  17. Jaymi says:

    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 🙂

  18. 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!

  19. Courtney says:

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

  20. Ashley Sisk says:

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

  21. Jessica says:

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

  22. 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!

  23. Great tip. I need to experiment with this.

  24. Faith says:

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

  25. Mats says:

    Finding the right white balance is not always easy. 🙂

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