Typical white balance menu set to Cloudy
Many intermediate to advanced cameras also include a custom white balance that al-
lows the camera to find the right color correction when you point it at a white surface.
Even better, some advanced DSLRs, such as the Canon 40D, let you select specific hues
via the Kelvin color temperature scale. If your camera has this capability, be sure to see
the table titled Number of pictures to capacity of memory card reference* in the Appen-
dix for a complete listing of Kelvin degrees and their corresponding light sources.
One final thought on white balance: if you use the raw format when capturing images,
you can stick with the auto white balance setting and then fine-tune the color tem-
perature later on your computer with the raw image editor. I do not recommend this
technique as your default approach, but it is helpful in tricky lighting situations when
you’re having a hard time determining the right camera setting.
Zoom/Magnify Control
Most people are familiar with using the zoom lever (or buttons) to zoom in and out
when composing images in picture-taking mode. But magnifying the picture you just
captured on the LCD monitor for closer inspection is equally valuable.
e problem with LCD monitors is that they are very small, colorful, and sharp. What’s
wrong with that? If you don’t “zoom in” when you review your pictures on these little
screens, you might be misled as to the quality of your shots. In other words, LCD moni-
tors make your pictures look better than they really are (conversely, you may miss small
details that make one shot better than the next).
By using the magnify control to zoom in on your subject as you review a picture, you
can get a better idea of its true quality. For example, you may want to take a closer look
at the subjects face on the LCD monitor after you’ve shot a portrait. If you don’t zoom
in to check out the image, when you upload it to your computer you may find (much

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