How to Adjust White Balance on Canon PowerShot ELPH 100 HS

Up until recently, my photography skills consisted of pointing and shooting pictures of my friends on the weekends. But, with an impending study abroad trip to Europe and a digital media class to worry about, I decided it was time to sharpen my skills and become a true camera whiz!

First step, learning to adjust the white balance! Ever notice how sometimes that picture of your snowy white backyard turned out gray? Or how the white walls of your house looked yellowish in another photo? It’s all in the white balance. So with that, here’s a few easy steps to make the white in your pictures truly white!

BEFORE adjusting white balance:

Notice in particular the wall, vase, and teddy bear. Though all white, each is a different shade because I did not adjust the white balance properly before shooting.





AFTER adjusting white balance



Here the whites are a better match to each other. The whites in general appear in a purer form after adjusting the white balance.




So here’s how to do it!

On the top of your camera, flip the mode switch from the green AUTO symbol to the white camera symbol. This places your camera into manual mode, which allows you to adjust all settings on your camera manually, not just the white balance.

From here click the round FUNCT. SET key on the right side of your camera. This brings up a list of options for adjusting your camera settings. Scroll until AWB (highlighted below), and then hit the right arrow key. This brings you to a list of options for preset white balance adjustments.

You could use any of these settings. Scroll through and see if any of them fit your needs. Some options include cloudy, tungsten, etc. Refer to your user guide for advice on when to use each. If you’re looking for the purest of whites though, you’re probably better off manually adjusting it with the custom white balance setting.


Scroll through until you find the custom white balance setting. The custom white balance is two triangles facing each other with a circle above as highlighted in the picture below.

Once you have chosen the custom white balance setting, the screen to the left will appear. The white side, underneath the “2”, is what the current white balance is. Underneath the “1” is what you are taking a picture of, in my case, a black table. You want to fill screen “1” with a white object so that only white will appear on the screen. Make sure to do this under the same light and conditions that you will be taking the rest of your pictures in, for this adjusts the white to match the whites around you. Once the screen is completely white, click the MENU button, which is located slightly to the right and below the FUNCT. SET key.

After clicking the MENU button, the white screen underneath the “2” should automatically adjust to match the white screen underneath the “1.” If this does not happen, you probably accidentally included some color when you were taking the photo. If that happens, just click on the custom white balance button again and take another picture of a white area.

Once screens “1” and “2” match, you’re done! Exit out of your menu and begin snapping away! Your whites will be whiter than ever before!

So long my aspiring photographers!







~ by stacyteierle on September 12, 2011.

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