How to Adjust White Balance on a Nikon DSLR Camera

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White balance ensures that colors are unaffected by the color of the light source. This functionality of your Nikon DSLR adds the opposite color to the image in an attempt to bring the color temperature back to neutral. For example, whites in an image appearing blue or orange because of the lighting appear white after correctly white balancing an image.

In live view photography and movie live view, white balance can be measured in a selected area of the frame, eliminating the need to prepare a reference object or change lenses during telephoto photography. The spot white balance function is vital for photographers to capture the exact colors in the photo. The instructions apply to all Nikon DSLRs.

Follow these steps to set your Nikon DSLR to white balance.

Press the (Lv = Live View) button to turn camera monitor to display the view through the lens.

Step 1: Display live view through the lens using (Lv) button. Photo by DINFOS PAVILION
Camera with point to Lv button
Step 1: Display live view through the lens using (Lv) button.
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Press the ?/key symbol button to white balance (WB), as seen in the diagram. Rotate the main command dial until PRE is displayed in the monitor, as seen in the diagram.

Step 2: Set white balance to Preset Manual mode by pressing the ?/key symbol (WB) button then rotating the main dial to (PRE). Photo by DINFOS PAVILION
Camera with points to white balance button, main command dial and pre settings mode on display screen
Step 2: Set white balance to Preset Manual mode by pressing the ?/key symbol (WB) button then rotating the main dial to (PRE).
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Press the ?/key symbol (WB) button and rotate the sub-command dial until the desired white balance preset (d-1 to d-6) is displayed in the monitor, as seen in the diagram.

Step 3: Select a preset by pressing ?/key symbol (WB) button and rotating the sub-command dial to the desired white balance preset. Photo by DINFOS PAVILION
Camera with points to (OK) button and error message display
Step 3: Select a preset by pressing ?/key symbol (WB) button and rotating the sub-command dial to the desired white balance preset.
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VIRIN: 200617-D-ZW071-0006

Release the ?/key symbol (WB) button briefly and press the button until PRE icon, as seen in the diagram, in the monitor starts to flash. A spot white balance target symbol will be displayed at the selected focus point, as seen in the diagram. 

Step 4: Select direct measurement mode by releasing then holding ?/key symbol (WB) button until (PRE) symbol flashes. Photo by DINFOS PAVILION
Camera with points to white balance button, target symbol on the display screen and pre setting on display
Step 4: Select direct measurement mode by releasing then holding ?/key symbol (WB) button until (PRE) symbol flashes.
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VIRIN: 200617-D-ZW071-0007

While PRE is flashing in the display, use the multi-selector to position the spot white balance target (❏) over a white or grey area of the subject, as seen in the diagram. For more precise positioning, zoom in the area around the target, press the (QUAL) button. 

Step 5: Position the target (❏) over a white or grey area of the subject using the multi-selector and use (QUAL) button for precise positioning. Photo by DINFOS PAVILION
Camera with new white balance preset displaying on monitor
Step 5: Position the target (❏) over a white or grey area of the subject using the multi-selector and use (QUAL) button for precise positioning.
Photo by: DINFOS PAVILION
VIRIN: 200617-D-ZW071-0008

Press the OK button or the shutter-release button all the way down to measure white balance. Custom Setting c4 (Monitor off delay)>Live view is the time available to measure white balance.

If the camera is unable to measure white balance, the message "Unable to measure white balance. Please try again" will be displayed, as seen in the diagram. Choose a new white balance target and repeat the process from Step 5. 

Step 6: Measure the white balance by pressing the OK button or the shutter-release button. Photo by DINFOS PAVILION
Camera with points to OK button and error message displayed
Step 6: Measure the white balance by pressing the OK button or the shutter-release button.
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VIRIN: 200617-D-ZW071-0009

Press the button with a ?/key symbol (WB) button to exit direct measurement mode.

When preset manual is selected for white balance, the position of the target used to measure preset manual white balance will be displayed on presets recorded during live view photography and movie live view.

Step 7: Exit direct measurement mode using the ?/key symbol (WB) button. Photo by DINFOS PAVILION
Camera with new white balance preset displaying on monitor
Step 7: Exit direct measurement mode using the ?/key symbol (WB) button.
Photo by: DINFOS PAVILION
VIRIN: 200617-D-ZW071-0010

These directions can also be found in the Nikon D750 Manual, pages 159 - 161.

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