I have been trying to find the custom white balance tab on my camera (Digital Rebel XT). Everything I've read states that I need to go to the 2nd tab in the menu (a little camera with a 2 next to it)...I don't have this tab. I have a tab with a little camera and a 1 next to it only. I see my screen is telling me I'm on auto white balance right now, but I want to manually set it. Any ideas on where this is on my camera, since I don't have that 2nd tab? I just can't figure this out. I've tried the online manuals and the CD manual that came with my camera. I bought it used and it unfortunately didn't come with the book manual.
Thanks in advance.
Use your up and down buttons to highlight the white balance option telling you that you are set to Auto White Balance. Press your center SET button and it should open the submenu allowing you to use your up and down buttons to highlight the one you want. Again, press SET once you make your selection.
You can't press your top-left button on the back of the camera (I believe it says menu) to get a window showing 4-5 tabs? This is where you will find tab#2.
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Comparing Nikon to Canon or Canon to Nikon is like comparing Ford and Chev. They both do the job some swear by Chev while others swear at them same with Ford. Yes I've noticed a slight red bias on my Canon gear but nothing that can't be corrected with a proper white balance. To me Nikon had a more unflattering skin tone and I was and still do tweak the color in an image editing program. I use many different digital cameras in my work and personally own four different major manufacturer digital camera systems.
Frustrating I am sure. I had the same problem on my first XTi. I cannot remember what the settings were, but I think I was set for portrait and had flash set as the white balance default source. Therefore the camera always popped up the flash assuming that I wanted or needed fill flash.
Change you white balance to sun/shade/tungston etc as is appropriate, choose a faster ISO speed in lower light levels and try using the P or Tv mode and use a shutter speed that generates a middle range aperature for your particular lens.
Try the various white balance settings until you find the one you're looking for. If you don't find one in the presets, you can set a manual white balance using a white sheet of paper...check your owner's manual for instructions.
You should be able to set your white balance by taking a photograph of something white filling the screen with the correct exposure. If it is underexposed, you will not get white, it will look yellowish. Make sure while you are photographing the object, you switch your lens focus mode to manual.
Go the second setup (tools) tab and select custom wb. The custom white balance screen will appear and you will choose the image that you want to base the white balance off of by pressing the set button.
This will take you back to the menu. Go back to white balance and choose custom wb down in the bottom right corner of the screen.