How to conduct a white balance

White balancing is the process of calibrating all the colours in your camera, and removing unrealistic colour casts to ensure you get the best quality footage. This is a crucial step for any film maker.

White-Balance.jpgWatch the video below, to take you through the steps. 

Video transcript: Today we’ll teach you how to correctly perform a white balance. White balancing is a very crucial tool in calibrating all the colours in your camera. White balancing is the process of removing unrealistic colour casts. While our eyes are very good at recognising what is white under different light sources, digital cameras often have great difficulty. Without a proper white balance, your footage will appear to have an unnatural colour scheme. You also need to take into account the colour temperature of a light source, which is the relative warmth or coolness of white light. Understanding digital white balance can help you avoid these colour casts, thereby improving your photos under a wide range of lighting conditions. 

Now that you understand the importance of white balancing, let’s perform one. 

Step 1: Make sure your camera and tripod are steady and aimed at the subject. 
Step 2: Adjust your iris for the correct exposure needed. 
Step 3: Have a crew member or your subject hold a white object in front of them. This can be a white slab, a white piece of paper, or a portable reference sheet. Then, zoom into the white object. 
Step 4: On the side of the camera, press the button here (Execute button), as it will adjust your colour temperature. It’s important to remember to never use a pre-set, as this will alter your footage negatively. 
Step 5: If you’re shooting in two different environments, for example, a character moving from an inside setting to an outside location, you’ll need to perform a separate white balance for each environment. The camera can store two separate white balances. Selecting A or B will allow you to switch between them. 

In summary: 

Step 1: Frame your subject
Step 2: Adjust your iris
Step 3: Zoom into a white object
Step 4: Press the execute button to calibrate your colour temperature. 
Step 5: If shooting in two different location, take the time to conduct two separate white balances, and store them on A, and B. 

Once you’ve adjusted your white balance, you’re now ready to move on to the next step!