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White Balance - Custom

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Palais Garnier's Grand Salon

If the color of your light source doesn't match with any of the white balance presets on your camera—and you're shooting JPEGs*—you can make your own preset.

The instructions below are for two popular Nikon and Canon digital SLR cameras.

Your camera will have a similar process.

Check your camera's instruction manual.

* Raw shooters can set the white balance when processing.

Nikon D5500

You'll need a piece of paper or cardboard that's white or gray.

1) Set the exposure mode dial to the P.

2) Switch to manual focus.

3) Press the Menu button.

4) In the Shooting menu, select White Balance > PRE Preset Manual.

5) Press the right side of the Multi Selector.

6) Select Measure and press OK.

A warning appears: Overwrite existing preset data?

7) Select Yes and press OK.

PRE will flash in the viewfinder and on the LCD screen.

8) Photograph the white or gray paper/cardboard in the same light as the scene.

The paper/cardboard doesn't have to be in focus.

Make sure the paper/cardboard fills the frame.

If the preset was recorded:

• Gd will flash in the viewfinder.

Data acquired will appear on the LCD screen.

If the light was too bright or too dark:

• No Gd will flash in the viewfinder.

Unable to measure preset white balance. Please try again. will appear on the LCD screen.

9) Switch to autofocus.

10) Your camera sets the white balance to PRE automatically.

Whenever you want to use the preset again, select PRE.

11) After using the preset, switch the white balance to another setting, such as Auto.

Canon EOS Rebel T6s

1) Set the exposure mode dial to the P.

2) Switch to manual focus.

3) Photograph a piece of paper or cardboard that's white or gray in the same light as the scene.

The paper/cardboard doesn't have to be in focus.

Make sure the paper/cardboard fills the frame.

4) Press the Menu button.

5) Under the second tab, select Custom White Balance and press Set.

6) Select the photograph of the paper/cardboard using the selector wheel.

7) Press Set and select OK.

8) Press the Menu button.

9) Press the WB button and select the Custom icon.

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10) Switch to autofocus.

11) After using the preset, switch the white balance to another setting, such as Auto.