Fujifilm F20

F20 White Balance: Finicky

The White Balance for the Fujifilm F20 can be finicky to say the lest.

The Auto White Balance on the Fujifilm F20 is finicky. I’ll be darned if I can determine why.

The other day I took some test photos of a black and white cover for our BBQ grill. The white came out white and the black was blue. The very next shot, it was purple. So I took a similar photo the next day in almost the exact same lighting, and the black was, er, blacker.

As of this writing , I haven’t determined the cause of the differences in colors using Auto white balance. I inquired in photography forums and asked other F20 users it they experienced the same. Yes!

I decided the best route was to use the manual (Custom) White Balance Setting. Easy-peasy, right? Maybe for others who are familiar with Fujifilm digital cameras, but not me.

Better instructions for setting the F20 White Balance

Anyway, after spending more time than I’m willing to admit, I finally figured out how to set the manual white balance on my F20. To me, the instructions on page 61 are quite vague.

For others who find them vague too, here’s how I’d write the instructions for Custom White Balance:

  1. Select Custom from the White Balance settings
  2. Hit the Menu/OK button
  3. Place the white card/paper under the light source and point the camera on it
  4. Press the shutter button to set the custom white balance.
  5. “Completed” appears when the correct exposure is measured.
  6. Press the Menu/OK button to confirm the setting.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.