Pentax istDS Digital Camera, How to set Custom White Balance in Auto Modes
Can only set a manual white balance if Mode Dial is set to P, Tv, Av, or M. I thought it could also be done while set in any of the auto modes - Normal, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving,Night or Auto Pic.
Should the auto focus switch be shut off when trying to set custom white balance?
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You can set the white balance only in one of the P, S, A, and M modes. In the point&shoot modes the camera will always automatically set the white balance (and just about everything else). In one of the PSAM modes you can set the white balance in the Shooting menu. Full details are in the "White Balance (P, S, A, and M Modes)" section of the manual (page 70 in my copy).
It sounds like a White Balancing problem. I'd guess if it's set on Auto WB, then
you'll need to do it manually. Some digital cameras tend to produce that blue
tint when left to white balance themselves.
If you don't understand completely let us
know the exact model of the camera and I'm sure somebody can talk you through it!
The priority modes often give you more control over more features than auto mode does. In auto mode, the camera is deciding your white-balance, and may not let you select a white balance setting even if you wanted to. In aperture priority, your camera will give you control over white balance. Switch to aperture priority, then check your white-balance (wb) mode. You should still be able to select "auto" within these settings if you'd like, but feel free to play with the various settings to get your ideal photo. Good luck!
Hello, It might be an idea to check whether your "white balance" is not set to "fluorescent light" or "custom white balance". "Auto" is the safest option here. Incorrect white balance would cause blue/yellow cast on the picture. Otherwise the problem might be more severe (i.e. sensor failure-not common in TZ3 though). If you're still getting blue cast with white balance set to auto, you can try to set "custom white balance" with white sheet of paper (refer to the manual for details) - this will override auto white balance. Good luck! Raf
You cannot access white balance settings while in the Auto or a Scene mode. Set the camera to P, Av, Tv, or Manual, then press the Func/Set button. White balance should be the top icon on the left side of the LCD (usually says AWB).
You probably have the White Balance set to a setting other a
than "Auto White Balance" (AWB). On the top of the camera, above the exterior LCD panel, there is the "AF-WB" button. Turn the camera on--past "on" to the bent line. Press the AF-WB button once. On the left side of the exterior LCD panel there is a vertical, reticular box with the symbol of the selected setting for WB. Normally, the setting should be set to AWB. If it is not, turn the command dial at the back of the camera until "AWB" is showing. Try shooting again-the color should be better.
In the "auto" modes (green box, portrait, landscape, etc) the AWB is automatically set. In the "advanced" modes (P,Tv, etc) the WB is manually set for whatever light source you are using. The command dial may have been accidently turned to different setting. Hope this helps.
I'm not sure what could cause this, in fact I don't even own the D but.....
Approcahing this from a Network Analyst's poiunt of view, it's either hardware or software.
The fact that all other modes are OK would indicate that the hardware may be ok. Assuming that it's a software glitch have you tried installing the latest firmware ? It may be worth a try if your problem is a result of some corruption your exisiting fw.
It'll cost you nothing to try it anyway.