Kelvin: The answer to blending Nikon & Canon.

Canon & Nikon, frienemies for life. Or are they?

I know you've heard of the battle: Nikon vs Canon. Which is better? and for what types of photography? Who makes better lenses? Which can handle low light more efficiently? Which has better dynamic range? This blog post is not about that debate! Sorry!

To be honest, I know incredible Nikon Shooters and incredible Canon Shooters. Personally, I chose Canon because the woman I was currently employed by was working with Canon. I figured, if you're going to learn how to be a wedding photographer, it's easiest to learn on the same medium the person teaching you is using. Ten years later, I still shoot with Canon for digital photography. If I'm honest, I didn't choose it intentionally.

My only real complaint between Canon and Nikon, is temperature. When it comes down to it, editing your images when your second shooter was working with the other company- is a NIGHTMARE.

Canon tends to run hot, and Nikon cool. Technically speaking, what I mean is the internal "auto" white balance for each is slightly different. While this was always very frustrating for me, and actually resulted in me losing second shooting gigs once or twice before, it pushed me to learn about something most photographers ignore: The Kelvin white balance adjustment feature.

Now, I've found that even when company disparity isn't an issue, I'm addicted to adjusting my white balance in camera throughout the day. This has absolutely saved my butt editing more times than I can count! Adjusting your images in camera is simple and easy, but will make editing workflow MUCH more simple.

"Why? Why wouldn't I just adjust it later when I have more time?" I'm so glad you asked! In the moment, when your looking at people's skin tones, the hues of the atmosphere, or the lights at the venue- it's very easy to adjust your WB quickly and accurately to the colors you want. Later, when you're at home in front of a computer at 3am the night before the images are due (not saying you would EVER do this), suddenly every color choice seems wrong.

Kelvin:

1. Incredibly useful for adjusting Canon or Nikon to the other's WB for seemless editing when using the two different companies products.

2. Makes post processing quicker when used in general!
 

Okay> Now for the nitty gritty stuff.

So, how do you use this magical Kelvin setting? Don't worry, it's not too difficult!

FOR CANON

Go to your MENU settings & find White Balance

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Now select the "K" button

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Use the scroll on the top of your camera to change the setting & then press SET

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For me, personally, I remember these four settings and then start my adjustments from there!
 

CANDLELIGHT: 2000K
FLUORESCENT: 4000K
OUTDOOR: 6500K
NIGHT: 9000K

You will predominantly stay in between 3,000K and 5,800K in my experience!

Good LUCK!