How to adjust the white balance on the EOS 10D

Article ID: ART103083 | Date published: 05/11/2015 | Date last updated: 08/15/2015


How to adjust the white balance on the EOS 10D


The following white balance settings are provided: Auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent, flash, custom and color temperature.

  • Press the <AF/WB> button.

Select the white balance setting.

  • While looking at the LCD panel, turn the <> dial to select the desired white balance setting.
  • To return to shooting, just press the shutter button halfway.

  • In the Basic Zone modes, <AWB> will be set automatically.
  • In step 2, turning the <> dial will select the AF mode.

The three R (red), G (green), and B (blue) primary colors exist in varying proportions in a light source depending on its color temperature. When the color temperature is high, there is more blue. And when the color temperature is low, there is more red. As the color temperature increases from low to high, the color cast changes in the following sequence: red, orange, yellow, white, and bluish white. For example, if you have a white object under a lit tungsten light bulb, it will look red or orange in the image. If it is under fluorescent light, it will look greenish.

To the human eye, a white object still looks white regardless of the type of lighting. The human eye is highly adaptive to different types of lighting and color temperatures. With a film-based camera, you can attach a color compensation filter to the lens or use tungsten film to compensate for the color cast caused by the light source's color temperature. With a digital camera's white balance setting, you can digitally compensate (based on a standard white color) the color temperature so that the colors in the image look more natural.

The camera's <AWB> feature uses the image sensor to set the white balance.

With <AWB> selected, shooting under a low color temperature such as tungsten light may result in a warm, orange color cast. If you cannot obtain the desired effect, set the white balance to <> or set the color temperature manually.



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