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On my old camera, Nikon D50, you would press WB and rotate the wheel. I now bought Nikon D5600 and am testing it out. I need to take picture of something where the auto WB does not cut it.

Is there an easy way to quickly toggle it between modes, like I could on D50?

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  • It's not an answer to your question, but in the manual I read that you can do white balance bracketing. Without knowing much more about your situation, I can't say if it's helpful or not, but perhaps worth a try. Jul 30 '20 at 17:38
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The fastest way to change the WB normally is using the i button on the back. Otherwise it needs to be changed in the menu.

More info can be found here:
https://imaging.nikon.com/support/digitutor/d5600/functions/whitebalance.html

Alternatively you could use the Fn button to change the WB. This can be set in setting F1 of the menu.

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Not precisely what you asked, but one of the main reasons to shoot RAW is that you can change white balance in post at will. From RAW you can make any equivalent change that a preset used shooting JPEG would.

What this does mean is that you move the issue of selecting white balance to post processing. At that point you have the widest possible latitude for WB choice.

This also frees you from worrying about white balance when shooting. You can still use Auto WB to get a JPEG (RAW+JPEG) and use the RAW to work from when AutoWB lets you down.

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    This doesn't really answer the question. There are situations where the luxury of shooting raw files and doing color correction later is not possible. Sometimes, for a variety of reasons, it needs to be done as closely as possible in camera.
    – Michael C
    Jul 30 '20 at 8:29
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    @MichaelC Not precisely what you asked ... starts my post for that exact reason. :-)
    – StephenG
    Jul 30 '20 at 9:04
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    This doesn't answer my question at all. It would only be useful in case I was unaware that RAW format exists, which seems unlikely for a person buying a second camera. The only thing this answer does is that it removes my question from Unanswered question filter, making it less likely that I will ever get an answer. Jul 30 '20 at 12:39
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    And fun fact: the possibility that someone will suggest RAW went through my mind when posting the question, but I concluded that the question is precise enough that it won't happen. Jul 30 '20 at 12:42
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    @TomášZato-ReinstateMonica Your idea that someone buying a second camera would not know about RAW is absolutely not the experience I've had with questions here and on other photography related website. Even if they've heard the term, they quite often have no idea what it is or what uses it can be put to. DSLRs and MILCs are consumer items these days and most users expect to turn it on (like a phone) and learn next to nothing. Would it were otherwise.
    – StephenG
    Jul 30 '20 at 14:47
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One option is to use the configurable Fn button ( it is near the top left of the camera ). You can set it to WB . I think the default is ISO.

You can set it under Menu -> custom settings -> f1. Assign fn button. Once you have set that , you can use it to change WB while taking pictures without having to go into any other menus or settings.

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