White-Balance for Perfect Color

Have you ever spent months knitting an heirloom sweater and found that the color isn’t photogenic. Spinners and knitters are obsessed about colors but most of us are not so savvy about taking photographs that perfectly capture the true color. For example, if the white-balance on your camera isn’t set up properly, the purple color of the lace shawl above (in the header) can become blue. You can fix it later with Photoshop but it’s better to do this while taking the photo. Ambient light can be blue to amber and the wrong light can turn your yarn from fuchsia to purple (too blue), or from red to orange (too yellow). Spend just a few seconds to adjust the white-balance on your camera and you will get the perfect color. The usual preset settings of most digital cameras for white-balance are automatic, full sun, cloudy, incandescent, and florescent. But what if you’re indoor and using natural light in the late afternoon?

Most good cameras have a custom white-balance setting. Go to your white-balance setting, select custom, and point your camera at a 18% gray card (available at most camera stores for about $15) in front of your subject, and select it. Your camera will calibrate to the gray and correctly determine the proper color balance as well as exposure. I love the colors on these photos; they perfectly reflect the colors that the dyer intended. No more yellow cast, blue cast or anything in between. For additional information, check out this video, Digital Photography 1 on 1: Episode 13: White Balance, on YouTube.

This is my stash from my favorite dyer, Bride Flight Studio.


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