Assignments to try
This exercise may help you to solve the problem of colors that don't look quite right. Flowers are a good choice for this task, so we'll use those.
- Put a mix of white, red, and yellow flowers with green leaves in a vase against a plain background, front-lighting them with the sun. If you like, put a diffuser between the sun and the flowers to make them look nice. Frame the flowers to fill most of the viewfinder.
- Set your white balance to auto and take a photo. Then set it to daylight and take a photo. (Note: Sometimes it's easier to see the color differences if you put a white card in the shot or add a person's face next to the flowers to see how skin tones change.)
- If your camera can fine-tune the daylight preset, take another photo at each of the adjustment values for daylight white balance. Try the open shade and cloudy white-balance settings. You can run through their fine-tune adjustments as well.
- Bring up the results on your computer screen and note the settings that look the best to you. If your camera can save your favorite white-balance settings, save the ones you like so that you can dial them in whenever you want.