the significance of white balance: a tutorial of sorts

hello & welcome to a post that i've been meaning to do for about a year now but never really got around to. in today's installment of "maddie thinks she can take photos but can't", we're going to be talking about white balances* and how they restore balance (get it) to the realm of photography.

some stuff to think about beforehand
the main thing you need to take into consideration when out shooting is what kind of vibe you want your photos to give off. in this shoot, i wanted a laid back, cool toned look. from there, choose your shooting location accordingly—i decided that the somewhat dead bushes in my front yard would be a suitable place to shoot. remember to take into consideration the lighting as well—for brighter photos, you may want to shoot somewhere sunny, and if you want more laid back photos, you'll probably want to shoot in the shade/later in the day (i did both because i took ten years to dress archer but that's okay we can make it work).

above i have three different photos taken at about the same place. all my settings were the same, save the white balance—from left to right, the color balances i selected were daylight, cloudy, and shade. keep in mind that white balance names may differ from camera to camera, but you get the point. the photo on the far left is a bit too cold for my liking, but the one on the far right is way over saturated to be what i envisioned. now remember that it is all up to personal preferences, and there are many other white balance settings (and custom ones if you're up to that), but you just have to keep in mind that these settings are there for a reason, and if you can, take the extra thirty seconds to experiment. it makes the end result a much more pleasing experience for you.


WHELP i know this sucks and i shouldn't be allowed to give photography tips when my photos look like crap but i was playing around and decided instead of deleting all the duds, i could just make a post about it since what else have i got to share?

hopefully this inspired you to actually look at your camera settings if you don't already, and if not then hey, thanks for looking. i appreciate.

so tell your friends!! make your photos look rad again. :')


*if your camera does not have that many settings but you still want to achieve a certain look in your photos, i 10/10 recommend this photo editing app called "faded". i use it all the time for instagram photos and it's great. (also lol no that wasn't sponsored or anything nobody would ever think highly enough of me to do that smh)


  1. I saw this post just before i went outside to take some pictures, and i must say it was a good reminder, both for the white balance part (i usually forget about that when editing, and get too caught up in exposure and contrast) and the settings (cause for dolls i almost always have it on portrait or "idiot green square mode" and im too scared to mess with iso and whatnot yet, bit i guess that's an idea for the next tutorial-explaining iso to us)

  2. Oooh love this! Very useful.

    Ellie | The Dolls of 221B

  3. "I took ten years to dress Archer." MADDIE I'M DYING. It's how I feel in the morning, it take me ten years to get dressed.

    I loved this post! Very useful. :)