White Balance Shift & Bracketing on Canon Rebel T6i

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Beyond setting your camera to one of the built-in white balance presets, white balance can be shifted to your liking across the temperature grid. And similar to Multiple Exposure and HDR Modes, the Canon T6i includes the ability to take multiple exposures with different white balance values. Let’s go over how to use White Balance Shift and White Balance Bracketing on your Canon T6i:

White Balance Shift

To exactly dial in the color of your shot for either extra creative control, environmental reasons, or when using a color shifted filter, white balance can be shifted along either or both axes of the color temperature spectrum.

  • Navigate to the third tab in the settings menu and open the WB Shift/Bkt menu.
  • Here you will see the temperature grid; up and down for green/magenta adjustment, and left and right for blue/amber adjustment.
  • Use either the touchscreen arrows or directional buttons to adjust the specific white balance point.
  • To make it easier to identify and return to a specific color setting, you’ll find two codes to the right that indicate shift, each containing a letter to indicate color direction and a number between 0 and 9 to indicate amount of shift. For example: A1 G1 indicates an adjustment one point towards amber, and one point towards green.

White Balance Bracketing

White Balance Bracketing is a shooting mode that will take three photos with different white balances; one using the set white balance, and two adjusted in either direction of the set white balance. The bracketed exposures can be adjusted 1, 2, or 3 levels away from the neutral exposure, and across either temperature axis (green/magenta or blue/amber).

  • In the same menu for White Balance Shift, use the direction control buttons on the back of your camera to set bracketing up to three levels in opposite directions from the camera’s current white balance.
  • You will see two dots moving opposite directions, and can be adjusted either up or down or left and right.
  • To shift the white balance of the entire bracket, use the Multi Controller.
  • Once your bracket is set, you can now exit the menu.
  • With a bracket set, taking a photo will capture three images with the specified white balances. Once taken, all three exposures are viewable in the playback menu.

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