White Balance Bracketing

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At times you'll come into a lighting situation that you know is going to trip up the Tli's Auto White Balance and for which there's no suitable white balance preset. Obviously, the ideal solution in these instances is to use a custom white balance, but this isn't always possible. White balance bracketing is another good option for these instances.

Bracketing is the process of shooting multiple exposures of the same scene with slightly different settings. It's usually used for varying exposure, but the Rebel T1i includes an option for bracketing white balance.

When you turn on white balance bracketing, the T1i shoots the first shot with your chosen white balance (Auto if you're on Auto, a preset if you've chosen a preset, or your specified custom white balance if that's what you're currently using). The next shot you shoot will be shot with the same white balance but one that has been shifted to be more blue/amber. The next shot will be biased toward magenta/green.

In a tricky white balance setting, your chances of getting a good white balance are improved with white balance bracketing, simply because you're shooting more coverage with more variation.

To enable balance bracketing, choose WB SHIFT/BKT from the second shooting menu. You'll see the same page you saw in the previous "White Balance Shift" section.

You can control how much bracketing you want by turning the Main dial. There are three different levels of correction for both the blue/amber shot and the magenta/green shot. Turn the Main dial to the right to set the amount of blue/ amber adjustment and to the left to adjust the magenta/green adjustment. One, two, or three squares will appear for each adjustment. The more squares, the stronger the adjustment. Press the Set button to accept the adjustment.

To cancel the white balance bracket, press the DISP button.

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Here I've dialed in a white balance bracket that ranges from blue to amber.

Here I've dialed in a white balance bracket that ranges from blue to amber.

Note that when you're using white balance bracketing, your maximum burst speed during continuous shooting will go down, and the number of shots you can take before the camera's buffer starts to bog down will be reduced to one-third of its normal amount. This shouldn't be a huge problem, though, because if you're shooting a rapidly changing situation, you won't want to be using white balance bracketing anyway, as each shot will have a different white balance.

TIP: Avoid White Balance Altogether with Raw one of the great advantages of shooting in raw mode rather than the default JPEG mode is that you can alter white balance later, in your image editor, making many of these issues moot. we'll discuss raw mode in detail in Chapter 11.

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