we made it. it is Wednesday! hard to believe Thanksgiving is in a week, who is ready? we are not. we have a list of recipes we want to make but not sure if we will have time to make them all. does that ever happen to you?
today’s photography post I am going to discuss white balance. something that still to this day puzzles me. but my friend Ashley is always encouraging me (as well as others) to play around with camera settings. check out her photography post on Aperture another setting that is a work-in-progress for us, check out our first aperture photography post.
now my photography post are not as well written as hers. I am just sharing how I am learning my camera.
lesson – white balance
quality of light changes throughout the day, therefore affecting your coloring in photos. the camera’s white balance will need to be adjusted to make up for the change in lighting. you may have to read your camera’s manual to learn how to adjust yours as each camera is made differently.
most cameras have preset while balance modes, like fluorescent, tungsten, cloudy, daylight, and auto. plus a custom function so you can manually set your white balance. which means you tell you camera what white should look like. give it a reference point by taking a picture of a white surface (paper, board). then use this image to set your white balance. again check your camera’s manual.
here are some pictures I took playing around with white balance preset options on my camera.
*note all these pictures were taken a few days ago (before time changed)
all were taken at 6pm. used natural lighting from window, light coming through the left side of photo. and NO EDITING done to photos.
camera setting: f-stop- 3.8 with ISO-1600
just played around with white balance settings to see how they changed the photo.
as you can see the cloudy and shade settings have more of a warming feel to them. cloudy and shade settings usually give a nice warm touch to pictures. these are nice features, although we tend to shoot majority of our pictures in daylight setting.
these 4 pictures were all done under the Fluorescent white balance setting. as you can see each one is different. the top two are our favorites as they look more like what the color of food should look like.
we do not really use fluorescent settings that much, sometimes at night under fluorescent style lighting we will try those settings out.
key takeaways we have learned: (again not all cameras will have these settings)
Daylight (symbol of a sun): bluish normal hint to photos at times.
Cloudy (symbol of a cloud): it’s a little warmer than the daylight setting and best for most shots outdoors in direct sunlight. we use this when shooting people most of the time as we like the warm effect it gives the skin.
Shade (symbol of a house casting a shadow): very orange. this is perfect for shooting in shade, since shade is so blue. It’s also for shooting when you are under a cloud on a partly cloudy day since most of the light is coming from the blue sky.
Tungsten (symbol of a light bulb also called “indoor”): Very, very blue most of the time except indoors at night, for which it looks normal.
Fluorescent (symbol of a long rectangle or Fluorescent tube): it will make other things look a bit purplish. use this if your photos are too green or under fluorescent, mercury, HMI or metal halide lights as you might find in street lights.
I did not use a custom my white balance for these photos. baby steps even for me
as you can see Lori and I are still learning photography and how to take better pictures. and remember each setting can mean and look different to the person taking the picture. all depends on what YOU the photographer wants out of the picture. each person will view a picture differently.
my goal is to play around with white balance more, especially when I am taking pictures of food at different times and days. hopefully by doing that over time I will learn and understand it more.
Twins Question: do you like learning about photography? do you pay attention to your camera’s settings or just start shooting? what is the one thing you would like to know more about photography?
till next time,