So, just a little recap, okay?
When you take a picture, even in camera RAW, your little computer inside of your digital camera will look at the image you’ve captured and say, “Okay, how is this picture supposed to look compared to the environment around it?” Or, “What is the White Balance supposed to be for this picture?”
When your camera looks at the picture you’ve taken, it will apply certain presets to find out what looks right for this particular picture and lighting scenario.
These settings are your White Balance Preset Settings. The camera will pick the one it thinks is most appropriate. You can look at your display and think, “I think it would look better like this instead.” After all you are the photographer, you get to tell the camera how you want your picture to look.
The images that follow are how your camera looks at the picture and what the presets will look like after your camera has applied its thinking to your pictures. Remember, the camera shouldn’t have the final say in your pictures, you should.
As good as modern digital camera sensors and processors are, you can usually get by with the “Auto” Setting, but you should know how to change the setting should the need arise.
The Custom White Balance Setting will usually allow you to dial in a degrees in Kelvin temperature setting, so that’s why it’s good to remember those numbers from earlier.
As a bonus treat for all the Camera RAW shooters out there, you can always set your White Balance to “Auto” and then set it to your desired temperature on your big computer screen at home without worry about your pictures. That’s just one of the many reasons you should shoot in Camera RAW instead of JPEG, if you have the option available.
So, just click on the first image below, then using the gallery arrows you can scroll through the gallery and see how the different White Balance Presets will change one particular image.