One Touch White Balance: Getting Started

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When I am at a wedding or on a photo shoot, it is my goal to get the photo 100% right in camera. I know many people depend on auto white balance, but I’m here to share an even better way to set your white balance and save you a TON of time in post.
In this article, we are going to talk about a feature available only in Olympus OMD cameras called One Touch White Balance. In order to fully understand what white balance is and why this is important, head over to the Olympus website to learn how white balance works!

One Touch White Balance

The process to set your white balance in other systems usually required you to go through 5 sets of menus, taking a picture of a gray card, and clicking more buttons to finally set your white balance to match the scene. Olympus has simplified that entire process to one simple process and they call it “One Touch White Balance”

With one touch white balance, you simply press a button, take a picture of a white piece of paper, assign the white balance and keep shooting. It really is that easy. On both of my cameras, I have set one of the custom buttons to start one touch white balance.

The Olympus system solves two problems photographers have using custom white balance,
1. Makes it easy to set white balance by making the process super simple and being able to assign it to a button.
2. The Olympus system allows you to save more than 1 custom white balance. This is great for wedding photographers who move between inside and outside at events.

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To set your fn button to one touch white balance, open the menu.

  1. Scroll down to the gears section and click the right button
  2. Scroll down to the Button/Dial option and click the right button
  3. Click Button Function and click the right button
  4. scroll down to 5th option that looks like the aperture symbol and click right
  5. Scroll through the options until you see two white triangles and a black square
  6. Click “OK” to set

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  1. Click on Menu
  2. Scroll down to the gear icon
  3. Scroll down to “B”
  4. Select Button Function and click the right button
  5. Scroll down to the Fn2 button and click the right button
  6. Scroll through the options until you see two white triangles and a black square
  7. Click “OK” to set

 

Instead of using a white piece of paper, I carry an expo disk with me around my neck on all of my shoots. I simply hold the disk over the front of the camera, point it towards the light source and click the one touch white balance button. Click here to check out the Expodisk!

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Challenge!

I challenge you to take 2 photos,
1. Auto White Balance
2. Custom White Balance

Can you see a difference? Post your results in the comment below!

As always, if you have any questions please reach out! I am here to help!
TJ

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