How to Adjust the Default White Balance on the Sony A6000
In my previous article on using a custom calibration for the Sony A6000 in Lightroom, I mentioned that it can also be helpful to tweak the in-camera white balance defaults. A few people have asked me what I mean by this, so I've decided to do a very short tutorial on how to do it (it's not very complicated.)
So what do I mean by tweaking the white balance settings? Well, many cameras let you change the default white balance for settings such as "Daylight", "Cloudy" and so on. You do this by offsetting the normal value and making it either warmer or cooler, or add more magenta or green. You can also add an offset to the auto white balance settings too.
On the Sony A6000 this is fairly easy to do.
Start by bring up the function menu, by pressing the FN button on the back of the camera. Move the curser to the white balance setting, and then press the centre button to select it.
This will bring up a list of the white balance presets. Select the one you want to change (or use the currently selected one) and then press the right arrow button on the camera's rear dial d-pad.
This will bring up a colour square with a cursor dot in the middle. This is the offset, and you can move the centre point by using the arrow keys on the d-pad. If you want the white balance setting to be warmer, then move the point to the redder side of the box. If you want it cooler, then move it in the opposite direction. To tint the image green, move the curser up, and to tint it magenta, move it down.
Once you're finished, press the rear dial centre button again to save the changes and exit out. Make sure you do this before pressing the shutter button, as otherwise it won't be saved.
That's all there is to it. It's pretty simple. You should only ever need to move these by a point or two, and to reset them, just go back in and move the cursor back to the centre. Obviously you can make these tweaks in post production if you're shooting raw files too, but if you find that you're always offsetting the white balance, then setting it in camera can be useful too.
If you're looking to evaluate the X-Pro2 and you want to see how the images look for yourself, I've put together a few images as samples for you to download as raw files. I've tried to give a range of subjects, and to include some that would traditionally be tricky for certain converters. I don't really have any people shots here as I am reluctant to post some for download without proper clearance.
There are 24 in total. To download the raw versions simply click on the download links below. They're 50mb each, so to make it easier, I've put them all into four separate zip files, so they won't be to big. This may still cause a bit of trouble for some people as even split up, they're still large files, but I don't really have any other way to do it.
Also, and this should be obvious, but these images are copyright, and I'm supplying them purely for personal use. Any re-posting, sharing and so in is not allowed! But as fellow photographers you knew that already, right?