Why do my photos have an exaggerated blue hue when I shoot in manual mode?

  • I'm learning my Nikon D3200. Lately I've noticed that my photos (manual mode) have an exaggerated blue hue. I've taken photos in Auto mode and emulated the aperture and shutter speed settings in manual. ISO is chosen by auto mode and doesn't tell me what is used, so I've used all the ISO settings in manual — to no avail. Auto mode captures more realistic colours of sunrise and sunset (with some grain). My manual photos of sunset and sunrise are too blue. I can't work out what's wrong, especially as I've tried many combinations of Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO. My camera is well travelled. By that I mean aeroplanes, motorbikes and bicycles. It is used at the beach quite a lot. It is kept in its case. It is 18 months old and is taken with me nearly everywhere - it's had a life! Is this problem I'm having just the way D3200s shoot? Or is there a problem with the camera or the operator?!!!

  • WayneF

    WayneF Correct answer

    5 years ago

    Auto mode is auto exposure, and it also always uses auto White Balance and auto ISO, which cannot be turned off in Auto mode. Auto mode is "auto everything".

    The A,S,P,M modes only set exposure, but can also use these Auto WB and Auto ISO if you enable them, however they can also be turned off. Probably are not on by default. This can make a big difference, but you can set them as you wish.

    A blue picture suggests your white balance is Incandescent (for indoor lights), when maybe it should be Daylight outside. Or Auto white balance can make a fairly decent try at it too, not always right, but halfway close anyway (except Auto WB correction is a bad choice for sunsets). Auto mode will always use Auto White Balance.

    See your camera manual index for white balance. It is a basic of photography. Experiment a bit setting it wrong once, Daylight indoors under incandescent light, and Incandescent outdoors in sunlight, and you will get the idea.

    Your Exif data should show all the values each picture used, including ISO, white balance, etc. Basics of Exif data is shown when looking at the LCD picture result, then the Up/Down selector buttons scroll though several data screens, some of which show some Exif data (settings data used by that picture shown). One is like this:

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    A larger and more complete manual for the D3200 is the Reference Manual, available free here (click D3200): http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/13948/~/nikon-product-manuals-available-for-download#Anchor-9

    Thank you WayneF. I found this very useful. My white balance was set to "fluorescent" which may be the source of my grief. I look forward to giving it a whirl as soon as possible.

    Been trying to figure out this setting FOREVER. I was having the same issue. SO EASY! It was just the white balance being on fluorescent!!

    This is a very helpful discussion and has enabled me to correct what I thought was a malfuction...it was merely that I had my white balance wrong....I did not even appreciate that I could adjust it Thank you to all those who contributed Alan

    Fluorescent is responsible for much grief in photography.

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