The 3 sets of 3 images below have been taken using Cloudy, Sun and Auto white balance settings.
Due to the sunny day that this image was taken, the auto and sun white balances are very similar. However, the image I prefer is the cloudy image. The warmth of the image is far more pleasing in my opinion.
These images were taken on the same sunny day. However, in this situation I feel the cloudy image is to warm and feels unnatural. The difference between the Sun and the Auto images is also slightly more noticeable. In this situation, I prefer the auto image.
Again, with these image, the cloudy setting is to warm and unnatural and there is a slight difference between the Sun and Auto settings. However, with this set of images, I’m torn between the auto and sun images. With the Sun image, I feel the street looking warmer and more inviting but the sky is which and the blue isn’t really showing through. With the auto image, the reverse is true – the sky is more pleasing but the street looks to cold.
These 3 sets have shown how different WB settings can effect a scene and, like with exposure, auto isn’t always going to get it right.