Sometimes you wonder why the color from your fabric on your pictures appear different than they are in reality? Then this post is for you!
About custom white balance
This picture has been taken in a low light situation, without flash but high ISO.
At the left side without manual white balance the color temperature is very cold, this means the color-temperature is changing your colors to some blue and icy tones. If you adjust your white balance manually then your camera will know, which temperature is correct in your current light situation. As in our example it is a clean white with stonewashed blue white stripes and some playful dolphins in midnightblue.
How does it work?
You will have to consider your manual for your camera. Although it is pretty much about the same on any kind of camera. You just have to figure out, how to enter the menu and get to the icon where it says “custom white balance”.
If you are more into manual adjustments, take a picture of a white papersheet. Your camera will know then what temperature is the real deal. The picture with your papersheet you can also be used in postproduction in order to correct the color-temperature.
In the menu look for this icon:
If setting up your white balance manually is too complicated for you, then there is always the possibility to choose from your white balance menu another icon which suits your light situation at this very moment. Like for example if the sky is cloudy, you would choose the cloud (obviously). Or if you do not have natural light then choose the light bulb or the neon tube. Read in your manual which icon stands exactly for which situation. Play around a bit, and you will see, this could really improve your photography.
Card color palette “x-rite colorchecker”
If you are looking for a professional way to postprocess your images buy the x-rite colorchecker. It is not very cheap but very effective. Before you start taking pictures, you will take a picture from your colorchecker. In your postprocess you know exactly which tone of color to choose in order to give your pictures the correct color temperature. It will give you great opportunities to improve the pictures in a a really professional way. You will find tons of information about the x-rite colorchecker on youtube. Check out the tutorials from Joe Brady, he is a great guy!
Sewing pattern and fabric
Sewing pattern: Babybody von Schnabelina (some adjustments to the pattern were made)
Fabric: Dolphins on white background with blue stripes, binding with the original tape binder from Janome on my Elna Easycover