Shooting a crazy-colored yellow sky with manual white balance on iPhone

 They sky that I saw (left) did not match what appeared on my iPhone. Here’s how I was able to capture the photo.

They sky that I saw (left) did not match what appeared on my iPhone. Here’s how I was able to capture the photo.

The other night there was a crazy glowing yellow and orange sky color at sunset. Everything was basked in the color. I went outside with my iPhone to grab a shot. But the world I saw with my eyes came out normal on my phone. The camera, maybe a little too intelligently, made everything look like a normal night.

Normally I don’t like to use third party apps: the built-in camera app is my main driver because it’s easyily accessible and pretty powerful. But I wondered if another camera app could capture this amazing light we had.

I opened Manual — a good camera app that offers a lot of control. The sky looked the same as the system camera app. I realized it was the auto white balance that was adjusting the color. I toggled the white balance to manual and adjusted it to be warmer.

I found what I wanted by holding the camera to the sky and making the camera match what I saw.

Thinking back on it, I could take these photos any time I want to. But I feel confident to say that these images are photographic documents of the sky that night — not a crazy filter but the world I saw around me.

 The camera’s auto white balance (left) compared to what the sky looked like with adjusted white balance (right).  

The camera’s auto white balance (left) compared to what the sky looked like with adjusted white balance (right).