Beginner Cat Photo Skills

Correcting White Balance in Cat Photos

Today I put together a super short video showing how to correct White Balance when it’s too yellow.

Mostly you will keep your white balance settings on AWB (auto white balance) but if, like me, you have been taking photographs of your cat outdoors, you may have to change your settings to ‘Tungsten’ or ‘Fluorescent’ for inside photography.

How I Got My Yellow Toned Photo!

Teddy flopped down beside me and I realised he has put one paw in each of my two gardening Crocs! He looks so cute so I hurriedly grabbed my camera and took a few shots before he decided move position.

When I downloaded the image onto my computer I realised that, as cat photos go, it was too yellow and looked pretty awful!

The floor is a golden coloured varnish which makes the yellow tone look much worse as well. My white balance was set for outside and should have been set for indoor light.

If you look at the short video you will get an idea of how I adjusted the photo.

The Final Results

As you can see, there is much less yellow in Teddy’s photograph in this picture.

I did not spend too long editing the image. I basically followed these simple steps like you:

  1. Adjust your White Balance settings.
  2. Navigate to your Vibrance and Saturation settings.
  3. Carefully adjust these to add a bit of warmth or colour.

12 thoughts on “Correcting White Balance in Cat Photos”

  1. Excellent tutorial, Marjorie! I’ve never been able to adjust the vibrance and saturation correctly. Now, I’ve got a much better idea of how to do it properly. Thank you so much! I’m definitely sharing this with all my pet parents!

  2. I often play with my less than ideal pics….not on the camera but on my computer, and its amazing how you can fix things up so much! I use my phone, or my Canon P & S, so I don’t usually change the ISO setting. I use auto. If I use ‘P’. its mostly to get to the macro setting.

  3. Good to know this! I much prefer the cooler “work” lighting indoors, but the hubs likes those yellower light bulbs.

  4. I usually leave my camera on the automatic settings. It’s supposed to figure out for itself (excuse the anthropomorphication) when they need to be changed.

    • It’s a good start and you won’t get anything too yellow or blue indoors. If your camera can more it is worth exploring if you can.

  5. Great tip! I always forget about white balance when my photos are yellowish. Thanks for the reminder!


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