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These pictures feature the same thing with a different “white balance”. Notice the color in each picture. So what is white balance? And why is there a different color in each picture?

Cambridge Colors, a learning community for photographers, defines white balance as follows:

“White balance (WB) is the process of removing unrealistic color casts, so that objects which appear white in person are rendered white in your photo. Proper camera white balance has to take into account the “color temperature” of a light source, which refers to the relative warmth or coolness of white light. Our eyes are very good at judging what is white under different light sources, but digital cameras often have great difficulty with auto white balance (AWB) — and can create unsightly blue, orange, or even green color casts. Understanding digital white balance can help you avoid these color casts, thereby improving your photos under a wider range of lighting conditions.”

There are 5 pictures in this set. They were all taken with the following settings:

  • Scene: automatic
  • Flash: off
  • Colour filter: off
  • Light sensivity: Automatic
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Resolution: high 7 mpx
  • Face detection: off
  • Only the white balance changes in each photo.

Nokia N9 offers 5 different options for white balance:

  • Automatic
  • Sunny
  • Cloudy
  • Fluorescent
  • Incandescent

This is how these options appear on the screen of Nokia N9: