Article ID : 00028676 / Last Modified : 09/26/2018

When should the white balance be adjusted manually?

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The subject coloring is affected by the lighting conditions. For example, the entire image may appear blue under cloudy conditions, and light-colored subjects may gain a reddish tint under certain light sources, such as incandescent bulbs. The human eye can resolve these problems, but digital still cameras may not recognize the correct colors without adjustments. Normally, the camera makes these adjustments automatically, but if the recorded image colors appear unnatural, manually adjust the white balance.