Nikon 13187 User Guide (en)

The Shooting Menu
White balance can also be adjusted using the White balance 
option in the shooting menu (
0 214), which also can be used to 
fine-tune white balance (
0 117) or measure a value for preset 
white balance (
0 121). The Auto option in the White balance 
menu offers a choice of Normal and Keep warm lighting colors
which preserves the warm colors produced by incandescent 
lighting, while the 
Fluorescent option can be used to select the 
light source from the bulb types.
Studio Flash Lighting
Auto white balance may not produce the desired results with large studio flash units. Use 
preset white balance or set white balance to Flash and use fine tuning to adjust white 
Color Temperature
The perceived color of a light source varies with the viewer and other conditions. Color 
temperature is an objective measure of the color of a light source, defined with reference to 
the temperature to which an object would have to be heated to radiate light in the same 
wavelengths. While light sources with a color temperature in the neighborhood of 5,000–
5,500 K appear white, light sources with a lower color temperature, such as incandescent 
light bulbs, appear slightly yellow or red. Light sources with a higher color temperature 
appear tinged with blue. The camera white balance options are adapted to the following 
color temperatures:
I (sodium-vapor lamps): 2,700 K
J (incandescent)/
I (warm-white fluorescent): 3,000 K
I (white fluorescent): 3,700 K
I (cool-white fluorescent): 4,200 K
I (day white fluorescent): 5,000 K
H (direct sunlight): 5,200 K
N (flash): 5,400 K
G (cloudy): 6,000 K
I (daylight fluorescent): 6,500 K
I (high temp. mercury-vapor): 7,200 K
M (shade): 8,000 K
See Also
When WB bracketing is selected for Custom Setting e6 (Auto bracketing set
camera will create several images each time the shutter is released. White balance will be 
varied with each image, “bracketing” the value currently selected for white balance (