Need help with Nikon D50

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by moonman, Nov 1, 2008.

  1. moonman

    moonman TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2008
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Hello everyone, I just got a Nikon D50 and I am trying to set the white balance. The problem is that on the menu; white balance is gray like it is locked, and I cannot select white balance. Is there anyway to unlock this feature?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. benhasajeep

    benhasajeep TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 4, 2006
    Messages:
    2,101
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    Eddington, ME
    White balance can only be adjusted in P, S, A, and M modes only. Any of the other modes it is in Auto. You don't have to go to menu to change it either. There is a WB button to the left of the screen. Press it and rotate the comand dial and the top info screen will show WB in the bottom.

    P, S, A, and of course M modes gives the user the most control of the camera.
     
  3. johng25

    johng25 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2008
    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Seoul, South Korea
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I'm not sure as I don't have a D50, but it could be that you are shooting in a mode other than manual mode. I believe that if I shoot in other modes than manual I can't change the white balance. See if that works for ya. If not, sorry. Good luck.

    JOhn
     
  4. redtippmann

    redtippmann TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2008
    Messages:
    706
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Athens, Ohio
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Yea I got a D50 and your in Different mode probably auto just turn the dial one more and get P but I use M mode to get the most control. Nothing is wrong with it
     
  5. moonman

    moonman TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2008
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Thanks guys, I put it in manual mode and now I can use the white balance. I am a complete noob so I will probably need more help down the road. I appreciate the help.:wink:
     
  6. stsinner

    stsinner TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2008
    Messages:
    1,860
    Likes Received:
    8
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Also, go into Menu, go to the wrench icon, then go to CSM/Setup Menu and set it to Detailed. That unlocks a lot of features in the menus that are normally not available, like setting your flash power if you have an older, non-cpu lens that that nightmare of a Series E you see in my profile.... Nikon walked me through that one.
     
  7. moonman

    moonman TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2008
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I am having trouble setting up my camera. I am trying to take professional looking photos of product. I built a light box according to this: http://thadallender.com/2008/02/12/do-it-yourself-lightbox/

    It says:

    "7. Set your camera’s white balance on the incandescent setting (the light bulb).

    8. If shooting small products (lets say less than 6 inches tall), then set your camera on macro focus"

    My problem is if I set the camera on the macro focus, I can not set the white balance.

    Basically, I want my photos to look like this:
    [​IMG]

    But they look like this:
    [​IMG]

    Could you please help me set up my camera?
     
  8. redtippmann

    redtippmann TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2008
    Messages:
    706
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Athens, Ohio
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    id say lighting get some major light on there and they probably edited the background out
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page

can't adjust white balance nikon d50