Nikon D800 tutorial: Manual white balance |

Nikon D800 tutorial: Manual white balance |

This photography tutorial shows how to manually correct white balance in the Nikon D800, when auto white balance lets you down, such as in shade or mixed lighting situations. Watch more at

This tutorial is a single movie from the fifth chapter of the Shooting with the Nikon D800 course presented by author Ben Long. The complete course is 4 hours and 49 minutes long and shows how to use your Nikon D800 digital SLR—and improve your photography in the process—with this guide to the camera’s features, controls, and exposure options

Using the Exposure Control Options
Getting to Know Your Nikon SLR
Shooting in Program Mode
Using Live View
Controlling Autofocus
Shooting in Auto Mode
Shooting with Flash
Shooting Video
Using Custom Settings
More Playback Options
Controlling White Balance
Understanding Release Modes
Specialty Shooting Features
Customizing Menu and Modes
Understanding Picture Styles
Caring for Your Camera
Applying Settings and Shooting
Conclusion ”
Video Rating: 4 / 5


  1. David Gaffney
    February 1, 2015 at 1:23 am #

    I have just received my new YN568ex to use with my Nikon D800E.
    No matter what setting I have the flash on it fires 3 times before taking a
    This makes the flash utterly useless to me.
    Surely this can’t be right?
    Please help.

  2. Anthony Francher
    February 1, 2015 at 2:14 am #


  3. Veronika "Ronnie" Tierney
    February 1, 2015 at 2:46 am #

    This was really helpful! Thank you.

  4. fallyhag
    February 1, 2015 at 3:01 am #

    Have to agree with 34Muflon. Not knowing how to do this but owning a
    D800…doesnt make sense.

  5. bePPe Vertemati
    February 1, 2015 at 3:12 am #

    I try with my D800, but doesn’t work if I push for 3 seconds the button WB.
    please tell me the secret

  6. Andrew Ybanez
    February 1, 2015 at 3:12 am #

    THANK YOU. I feel like I’ve been sitting here all morning watching videos
    of “how to set your white balance” where people just show you “here is the
    WB button, and here is the dial, and here are the presets” this video
    finally did it for me. -d600 user

  7. fallyhag
    February 1, 2015 at 4:01 am #

    Mentioning a D800 and Auto WB in the same sentence…really?

  8. Austin Herr
    February 1, 2015 at 4:37 am #

    You can switch white balance in live mode

  9. George Glen Dupuy
    February 1, 2015 at 5:15 am #

    I am buying a Nikon D800 next month,,and I wanted to get a head start and
    download a manual.. Can anyone tell me how without jumping through ten
    million hoops ???? Regards, George

  10. nudibanches
    February 1, 2015 at 5:20 am #

    Just shoot RAW and correct in LR or PS. Easy….

  11. Nasser Alkhalifi
    February 1, 2015 at 5:48 am #

    great tutorial

  12. samsayscheese
    February 1, 2015 at 6:17 am #

    for studio its the exact same process, just make sure your lights are ON
    and make sure the grey card is facing the studio lights.

  13. TetsuyaIT
    February 1, 2015 at 7:01 am #

    Thank you very much Sir, this is a great tutorial.

  14. Eliza Conquest
    February 1, 2015 at 7:19 am #

    Hello, Thanks for the great & easily understood tutorial.

  15. Sylvain J.
    February 1, 2015 at 7:24 am #

    Thank you for the tutorial, it worked exactly the same on my D600.

  16. Hau5 Dawg
    February 1, 2015 at 7:25 am #


  17. Underwater Tribe
    February 1, 2015 at 7:52 am #

    Hi GYBEO, you might check this out for one to one tuition, I also own a
    Nikon D800 …….. look for the underwatertribe, we are based in Bali

  18. ravi sethi
    February 1, 2015 at 8:28 am #

    nikon d 800 best photo shoot

  19. Basil Glew-Galloway
    February 1, 2015 at 8:52 am #

    Flash lighting is very powerful, and should avoid all mixed lighting
    problems- just set you manual white balance in kelvin to the color
    temperature of your flashes.

  20. john
    February 1, 2015 at 8:56 am #

    I have been doing this in both studio, sun, shade and combinations of all
    with my strobes I use the grey card. But unless I am blocking a light
    source I find I get a No Good, and this often pertains to being a stop or
    two off exposure. I adjust l having to over expose at least a stop from my
    spot of the grey card in the exact same position or incident reading in the
    same plane of the grey card. Is it better with a white card or grey card
    and how does the computer know the difference?

  21. 34Muflon
    February 1, 2015 at 9:14 am #

    Sorry to say this! But if you have a D800 then you should know how the use
    manual WB!!! Otherwise maybe get a more suitet camera 🙂

  22. thanh tran
    February 1, 2015 at 9:45 am #

    thank you! useful

  23. qwertyuiopgames
    February 1, 2015 at 10:13 am #

    More D800 tutorials would be great!

  24. Basil Glew-Galloway
    February 1, 2015 at 11:03 am #

    My ‘pre’ doesn’t start flashing. any help?

  25. GYBEHO
    February 1, 2015 at 11:13 am #

    Sorry to say, but i just bought a D800, and its way advanced for me, and
    have never dealt with WB. I have always used Nikonos underwater gear, and
    no such thing existed then. I am planning on using the D800 for underwater
    photography when i retire in the Pacific. I feel like a young lion tamer
    getting into the cage for the first time, but I plan to learn all about WB
    and whatever new gizmos this beast might have. So, just because we dont
    know some of the basics, does not mean we cant master it.