My White Balance Shift Solution

As you know, my film simulation recipes rely heavily on white balance shifts. Unfortunately, you cannot save white balance shifts with custom presets. You can only save one white balance shift for each white balance type in the White Balance Menu. In other words, whatever shift you set for auto white balance will be applied to all custom presets that use auto white balance. If all of your C1-C7 presets in the Q menu use the same white balance, one white balance shift will be applied to all of them. For many people, this means that whenever you change recipes you’re also having to adjust the white balance shift, which is a pain sometimes.

The Fujifilm X-Pro3 doesn’t have this problem from what I’ve heard. You can save unique white balance shifts with each preset in the Q menu. You can set it and forget it! There’s a decent chance that this ability will be added to the X-T3 and X-T30 via a firmware update at some point, but right now the X-Pro3 is the only camera that can do this. There’s an outside chance that X-Trans III cameras could also be given this feature, but most likely not. Don’t fret! I do have a solution. There’s a simple work-around that might make things much easier for you.

The issue is that only one white balance shift can be saved per white balance, but in that statement lies the answer! What you need are presets that use different white balances. Or you can have presets that use the same white balance and the same white balance shift. What do I mean?

So you have custom slots C1 through C7, right? Maybe you use all seven of them for color. Or maybe you set aside one or two for black-and-white, in which case white balance and white balance shift may or may not be important. For each color preset you simply use a film simulation recipe with a different white balance. If each recipe uses a different white balance, then you can set the shift for that recipe and you’re good to go. It will always be set to that unless you decided to change it.

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For example, you could have Kodachrome II, which uses auto white balance, set to C1, Kodacolor, which uses a kelvin white balance, set to C2, Kodachrome 64, which uses daylight white balance, set to C3, Lomography Color 100, which uses cloudy/shade white balance, set to C4, Color Negative, which uses fluorescent 1 white balance, set to C5, Fujichrome Sensia, which uses flurescent 2 white balance, set to C6, and Portra 400, which uses a custom white balance, set to C7. If you did that, since each recipe uses a different white balance, you wouldn’t have to adjust the white balance shift when going between different presets. Also, there a few recipes that share the same white balance and white balance shift as others, such as Kodachrome II and Ektachrome 100SW, so you could use both of those and never have to change the shift.

To make things easy for you, I’ve organized the color film simulation recipes by white balance. Choose one from each until all of your available presets are filled. It’s pretty simple. Unfortunately, you might not be able to use all of your favorite recipes, depending on exactly what the white balance and white balance shifts are. But I hope that you find enough options you like to fill your available presets.

Film Simulation Recipes that use AWB
Film Simulation Recipes that use Kelvin
Film Simulation Recipes that use other White Balances

Since I set up my custom presets this way on my camera, it’s made a world of difference to me. It’s so much easier moving between recipes! The user experience has been greatly improved. I hope that you find this just as useful as I did.

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24 comments

  1. Nicolas · 6 Days Ago

    Hi Ritchie

    Thanks for your efforts!
    Unfortunately all my favourite white balance shifts use “automatic white balance” and if I understand you correctly I could only use one out of each category…

    😦

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 6 Days Ago

      Yes, one out of each category, unless they share the same shift. Sorry that it doesn’t work for you.

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      • Nicolas · 6 Days Ago

        I have another question:
        if I change AWB to a certain value, and then use the KelvinWB in let’s say C2 for another film simulation, doesn’t that mean that the changed AWB (usually it sits at 0/0) the KelvinAW?

        In other words: adds up to the changed KlevinWB?
        Or is KelvinWB in C1-C7 prior to the global setting of AWB?

        I’m confused

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      • Ritchie Roesch · 5 Days Ago

        Kelvin is a specific temperature, while AWB is whatever the camera thinks it should be. If you set it to Kelvin, whatever the shift is that’s set for Kelvin will be applied. If you reprocess the RAW, you’ll have to change white balance and the shift separately. I hope this answers your question.

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  2. clayuk2000 · 6 Days Ago

    I have two methods for my XT30

    Method 1:
    I have been using your Agfa Optima, Kodak recipe and my Classic recipe on my XT30. I create three custom white balance settings one for each recipe, but this limits me to only three Q button options.

    Method 2:
    Shoot in Raw and use the Fuji X Raw Studio to create as many custom profiles as you like.

    I prefer to shoot JPG.

    What I would like from Fuji is for the BKT settings to have an option for bracketing three Q button customizations as they do for film simulations

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 6 Days Ago

      Those are two options. The custom white balance can work, but it’s a custom measurement, so there’s a challenge there. But whatever works for you, that’s great! I’m a big fan of people finding what works for them and doing that, so I appreciate you sharing this, as I’m sure some will find it helpful.

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  3. veijom · 6 Days Ago

    Fujifilm should make firmware update to even older camera models as I personally see the lack of possibility to save shift in WB as a programming error, not a feature. What on earth did they think when they left the WB shift out of options that are saved for each slot? The ability to save it must be one of the most requested updates to the firmware of older cameras and only if there is some technical limitation in older cameras I could understand not updating the firmware. For me this has been one driving factor to rely more in Capture One than in camera film simulations and I settle with film simulation settings that use one common white balance.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 6 Days Ago

      I hope that they do update the older cameras to allow it. Seems like a good thing to do.

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      • Nicolas · 6 Days Ago

        I hope so too even though your approach is clever!

        Nonetheless I cannot imagine that this is a difficult thing to implement for Fuji…

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      • Ritchie Roesch · 5 Days Ago

        I wouldn’t think it to be difficult. I imagine it was more an oversight than anything else. I hope they bring it to even the older models.

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    • Khürt Williams · 4 Days Ago

      Ditto!

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  4. Thomas · 6 Days Ago

    Hey Guys,
    but when I remember right, it is possible to save C1, C1, C3 with different Auto Whitebalance Settings. Or am I wrong?
    By the Way: Thank you for your work! it´s awesome what you do for the Fuji-Community…

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 5 Days Ago

      You are welcome! You might be thinking about custom white balance, which is a custom measurement, and not AWB. You can save up to three of them.

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    • clayuk2000 · 5 Days Ago

      Yes your correct white balance shift can be saved in C1 C2 and C3

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      • Thomas · 5 Days Ago

        But what if i would use one standard preset to shoot a normal look (no recipe) with AWB. Can I use no recipe with AWB and some adds of blues and reds?
        Im weird now.

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      • Ritchie Roesch · 4 Days Ago

        Sure. Whatever settings you want to use, make the shift whatever you want it to be. I have WB set as a shortcut on my camera so that I can adjust the shift quickly and easily.

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  5. Viktor · 6 Days Ago

    BTW. the White Balance Shift is the Camera Calibration Tab in Lightroom. 😉

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  6. Khürt Williams · 4 Days Ago

    Interesting solution but I’m not sure this works for me. Honestly, I don’t even understand what you wrote. I have 8 of the 8 slots filled, 5 are auto white balance, and three are not.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 4 Days Ago

      Yeah, to make it work, you would only use one AWB recipe, unless another one shares the same shift. Each slot would need a recipe that uses a different white balance.

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      • Khürt Williams · 3 Days Ago

        I have a text document on my iPhone. I open it to get the settings I need to change the white balance shift between recipes.

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      • Ritchie Roesch · 3 Days Ago

        That’s a smart way to do it.

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  7. Adrian Iodice · 2 Days Ago

    i write +R3 -B4 in the recipe names

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 2 Days Ago

      I have done that, too, it’s a good reminder. Thank you for sharing!

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