Want to know more about how Tessa Warren and the Film Crew handle their filmmaking work? You’ll find lots of filmmaking and storytelling tips on this page. I hope it helps you in your own storytelling.

White balance

You’ll need to set this properly before you shoot to ensure your footage matches the colors you actually see on your set.

The website Mediacollege.com offers a concise explanation: “You should perform this procedure at the beginning of every shoot, and every time the lighting conditions change. It is especially important to re-white balance when moving between indoors and outdoors, and between rooms lit by different kinds of lights. During early morning and late evening, the daylight colour changes quickly and significantly (although your eyes don’t notice, your camera will). Do regular white balances during these periods.”

setting up white balance

White balance

See the diagram to the left for a clear picture of what you’re doing. Thanks to VideoEditing sage.com for the image. Check out their site for more helpful info.

Aim your camera at a pure white object. Try a piece of non-reflective white cardstock or Foamcore, or even a white wall (not eggshell; as pure white as possible). The white should fill your viewfinder.

On your camera set exposure and focus.

Press and hold the white balance button. This may take a few seconds. You should get a message in the viewfinder indicating that while balance is now set.

Neglecting this function may give your footage color that is too blue or too yellow. See the MediaCollege.com site for an illustration.


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