White Balancing -What is it, and why is it important?



This lesson teaches the students what White Balance means on cameras. Students learn to set the camera to a white balance preset, as well as setting the white balance manually to match the lighting of the environment in which they are filming.

Lesson Time

3 Hours
1 Hour

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
Grade Levels
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • Adult

Standards and Objectives


California Academic Content Standards (9)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (4)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will learn about the visible light spectrum, wavelength, reflection, and the basics of light frequencies and color. Students will also learn about the white balance adjustment on cameras and how to use white balance presets. Students will demonstrate how to manually set the white balance on a camera. Students will produce a short video showing different white balance settings. Students will discuss the concepts of warm and cool colors, and how color can affect mood in art.

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