Color balancing is critical for getting good footage out of your camera. While today’s modern video cameras and DSLRs do have good auto balance but they only work about 75% of the time. Often if you leave things to the Auto White Balance you will do a lot of post color correcting. Follow along as I show you how to get perfect color renditions from your camera.
Canon DSLR Cameras
The steps to set a custom white balance on Canon cameras are as follows:
1. Take a still image on a white card, 18% grey card or pure white background.*
Panasonic DSLR Cameras
The steps to set a custom white balance on Panasonic cameras (like the GH2) are as follows:
2. Select bank 1, 2, 3 or 4 and then touch [WHITE SET].
3. Aim the camera at a sheet of white paper etc. so that the frame in the center is filled by the white object only and then touch [SET].*
Nikon DSLR Cameras
1. WB button and use scroll wheel to get to PRE
2. Hold WB Button until PRE begins to blink.
3. Take picture of white or grey card or white image.*
*Be aware that if you shoot anything other than a card, your “white” will be a bit off. I always carry a white card with me. You can also try these cool white/grey card alternatives:
If your HDSLR camera is not listed here or you have a question or comment, please feel free to leave a comment. I love comments!