focal length: 24 mm
shutter speed: 1/125
aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 640
flash: none

What do you think about the colours in this photo? Would you believe that the original (scroll down) had a grossly orange hue. Obviously I did not set custom white balance on this one. I should have brought my grey card with me to this yellow-lit restaurant. Oh well. No worries though, because I shot in RAW format. White balance correction is a breeze with RAW files. I can simply choose from the drop-down menu for White Balance and choose the preset white balance I should have used, or I can move the “Temp” slider around until I find the right colour. Move the slider to the left for a “cooler/blue” temperature or to the right for “warmer/yellow” look.

White balance

It’s as simple as that!

If I had shot JPG in-camera, recovering from this mess…


… would’ve been tough. It’s doable but because JPGs are compressed, you may have more difficulty getting the colour that you want.

Have you had any white balance nightmares? Shooting in canned light can be pretty unforgiving, unless you’re shooting RAW. Give it a try sometime under canned light and please let me know your thoughts. For some, the time and processing power needed to work with RAW files just isn’t worth it. For others, it’s a life saver and gives you much more control when fine tuning your images. It all depends on your style of photography and workflow.

Laura is a Vancouver wedding and portrait photographer. Visit laurahana.com.