My wife prepared mango in a rather fancy way so I wanted to make a photo of it. But surprise – the white balance was totally wrong. Or rather, no surprise – there’s only warm tones in the frame, so the camera logic, looking for an overall neutral tone, picked a color temperature that was way, way too cold. This was with my iPhone 6, but it doesn’t really matter – even the best DSLR would stumble here.
The same would happen if you were in a forest in spring for example, where everything is more or less green.
When you’re using raw data with a DSLR, it’s not a problem because white balance can easily be corrected in post – with the phone though (and JPEG files in general), there was no way to easily correct this – neither the iPhone’s built-in editing features, nor Instagram (which I wanted to use to share the photo) were able to get the colors right.
It would be possible to get this fixed with Lightroom – by setting Temp to +65 and Tint to +45 on the JPEG file. But since I’m not a CC subscriber, I don’t have Lightroom for mobile, and fixing it on the computer to then later share it on Instagram would’ve made the whole “insta” aspect of Instagram rather absurd. 🙂
But why not try to get it right instantly? Luckily, I already had the “ProCam” app installed – it allows manually setting the white balance (and a ton of other things). That’s really useful in this situation – and this is what the mango actually looked like:
No edits were needed, I shared the photo to Instagram, and the mango was delicious (albeit a little bit tart).
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