How To Use a White Balance Lens Cap

If you have problems with getting the white balance of your digital photographs correct, then a white balance lens cap may be exactly what you are looking for. With a white balance lens cap, there is no need for you to carry a gray card around with you, or to have to rely on editing your shots to get the white balance right. Often, automatic white balance is not enough to give your photos the best color. By using a white balance lens cap, you will no longer have to worry about your photos having a blue, orange or yellow tinge to them.

Different Sized White Balance Lens Caps

Before you purchase a white balance lens cap, you will need to make sure that the cap that you purchase is compatible with your lens size. To check what size your lens is, just look on the outer rim or bottom of your lens. As long as your digital camera falls under one of the following lens sizes, you should have no problem purchasing a white balance lens cap: 52 mm, 55 mm, 58 mm, 62 mm, 67 mm, 72 mm or 77 mm.

Installing a White Balance Lens Cap

Installing a white balance lens cap is really no different then placing a regular lens cap on your digital camera. All you have to do is squeeze the sides of the white balance lens cap, and you will be able to easily attach and remove it from your digital camera. White balance lens caps should have a mechanism that prevents the cap from accidentally being bumped off. Being that a white balance lens cap also serves as a regular lens cap, you will no longer need to carry a lens cap around, which means the white balance lens cap will take up no extra space in your camera bag.

If you use the white balance lens cap on a daily basis, you will also get the added benefit of not having to worry about dirt getting into the lens barrel, as you will have no need to remove the cap.

Using a White Balance Lens Cap

In order to use a white balance lens cap, you will need to set the white balance mode of your digital camera into custom. It is vital that you double check to make sure that your digital camera is not in automatic white balance mode. Once you are in custom white balance mode, all you need to do is attach the white balance lens cap and you will be good to go.

Depending on the white balance lens cap that you purchase, there should be two different colored domes on the cap itself. One dome will provide neutral colors, and one dome will provide warm colors. Take a look through the viewfinder or LCD display of your digital camera so that you can check to see which dome gives you the most consistent white balance.

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