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I’ve decided to do a mini-tutorial. It might not be as much of a tutorial as it is a good piece of information.
So… white balance. Basically white balance is the color cast that shows up in your photos. If you’ve heard the term “temperature” when referring to photos, it’s basically referring to white balance. This isn’t the most important aspect of your camera, but I still think it is good information to learn and use in your shooting.
An incorrect WB can create different shades of blue, orange, or green colors shades in your photos. These can damage or take a lot more time to correct.
Warmer colors = more yellow and cooler colors = more blue.
It is important to be able to set your camera to the true colors of the room. By adjusting to the appropriate white balance, you’re able to capture the actual color of the room. For example, below I will show you two unedited photos. One with an automatic setting of white balance and one with a custom white balance set.
Automatic White Balance:
Custom White Balance
See what I mean? Big difference. Imagine trying to get rid of that yellowish/red tint during the editing process. Annoying.
As you can see, the custom white balance depicts what the actual color of the room is. Where the automatic white balance shows a reddish/yellow cast over the image. This cast is not true to color because when I actually took the photo, the room wasn’t that “warm”.
By having the correct white balance, you’re able to capture a more accurate image, and save yourself time in photoshop. The ultimate goal is to do as little editing as possible.
There are a couple ways to change the white balance on your camera. First, there are pre-sets that you can use to that will guess what the balance will be in the room according to the lights. Most likely your settings will look like this.
You can use these settings as a general judge, and for the most part it will do a decent job.
I personally like to use a custom setting. To do the custom setting, you generally (when I say generally I really mean general because all cameras are different. I run a Canon and this is how mine works) will take a photo of a white object using the light that you plan on taking the other photos with. Sometimes I’ll use clothing, piece of paper or anything that is white. In the instance above, I used a napkin. You can literally use anything white as a reference.
Set your camera to custom white balance (you can see what the custom setting looks like on the diagram above). By doing that you are telling your camera, “hey, this is the light that I have so please adjust to it to give me true color”. By setting that custom setting your camera is able to understand that the white photo that you just took is the white that the rest of the room has. Using the custom white balance means there is no guessing. If you are not as familiar with your camera on how to set a custom white balance, I would whip out your manual and take a look. My camera requires me to go into my menu and select the white balance reference that I photographed, as well as changing my setting to the custom white balance setting.
So, there you have it. A quick explanation of white balance. I’m sure there are more technical ways to explain it but I felt I wanted to explain it in my terms where it made more sense and had more practical use.
I will most likely be doing a basic photography course in the fall, in which I will be going over this as well but I’ve been shooting indoors a lot more and feel that the white balance is most important when doing so.
Anyway, here is the the image of the correct white balance with some basic touch ups. Much better and much easier to fix.
Versus the automatic setting below which took me double the time to edit and doesn’t have as accurate light. Notice the slight green tint it has. It looks okay, but still not as good as above and isn’t as time-efficent as the photo above. I also feel like it’s more noisy (in a bad way). The picture above with the correct white balance has true warmth. This isn’t warmth that I created, this was warmth that actually existed. The photo below has lost that and there wasn’t a way that I could repair it.
Don’t judge me by this comment, but I feel that if you can do more with your camera and less artificially (via photoshop), it shows that you are a much better photographer because you are able to really use your camera. As a photographer, my ultimate goal is to be able to push my camera to it’s fullest potential and know that I’m doing my job, and not compensating for it later.
I will admit, when I first started off I was super guilty at claiming I’d just fix it later. I think in this digital age this will happen more and more. The more I take photos, the more I strive to perfect my skills before the files even hit my computer.
I hope this helps. Feel free to ask any questions that might not have been very clear.
As I’ve been telling you before, the weather is really starting to perk up here.
Sunday I had a photo session in the Boise Foothills. It was a very busy day. I also got a chance to check out the Red Cliffs, which I’ve never seen before. It’s sad that I haven’t seen them considering how long I’ve lived here (okay not that long, but I should have seen them before now). Also, I don’t think they are really red.
While doing the session I decided to snap some random shots of the surroundings as well.
Wedding season is steadily approaching…
I found this article from Sage Wedding Pros and thought it was perfect to share. They are small and large 30 minute challenges. They can be helpful for the workflow. I’m actually going to print this out and hang it in my office. I think it’s relevant for all kinds of businesses, not just people in the wedding industry.
Here is the list of Small Challenges:
- Clean out a file drawer.
- Make a coffee date with someone you want to know better in the wedding industry.
- Wipe down your desk and computer screen.
- Call your mom.
- Pay 5 bills.
- Clean your thing-a-majigger draw (you know, the one with the paper-clip explosion).
- Write a blog post (idea: the thing that excites you most about your business).
- Take a 30 minute walk to clear your head.
- Write down 5 things that make your business different.
- Read a business article in a magazine, blog, or book.
- Send a thank you note to someone who has helped your business.
- Take a nap.
- Read your goals for 2010.
- Give. Find a charity or non-profit and donate $5 to their cause.
- Sign up for a networking event.
Now Long Challenges:
- Clean out your email inbox.
- Work on one piece of your business plan.
- Write a book: one page at a time.
- Organize a large pile (or box) of denial.
- If you have months of receipts, input them into your accounting software.
- De-clutter: Grab a bag and find 10 things to throw away in your office.
- Redesign your website: one page at a time. (Work on the concept and the flow if you are not the designer.)
- Organize inventory
- Write down systems and procedures for your business: one process at a time.
- Design a new collection, a new product, or a new division of your business.
- Create a database of every person you’ve ever done business with.
- Clean out your computer files.
- Organize an open house for your business.
- Plan for the next wedding show (that you attend as an exhibitor).
- Train an employee on a new responsibility.
This is my favorite quote from the article: “Do you notice how none of these items included “check facebook” “talk on twitter”? (Yes, I do a lot of that too.) The point is that if you really commit yourself to spending time on something – even in little increments – you can accomplish a lot. Are you short on time? Or, are you short on commitment”?
Anyway, find the full article HERE.
I found these inspirational cards and I wanted to share them with you. Here is one of my favorites but there are lots more.
Find them HERE
I feel like I always have to give you back story when I post the random stuff.
So I met Rachel while doing a month long internship at Channel 2 News in Boise. To summarize it, we basically produced a 30 minute long show that aired on a Sunday morning at like 7:00am. If I had a digital copy of it, I’d totally share it with you because it’s hilarious. Needless to say it was a great experience and I met some fun people.
Rachel is the only one I seemed to keep in touch with.
Anyway, a few months ago Rachel announced that her and her husband were expecting. They started a fun little blog and I’ve been following it ever since.
So to get to the reason why I’m talking about this. Tuesday they decided to reveal the sex of the baby to their readers. I LOVED it so much that I had to share it with you guys. I only wish I was this creative.
Isn’t is sooo cute?
Remember when I said I hated doing laundry?
Here’s one more reason.
That would be a freshly dried pile of clothes. One of my shirts decided it wanted to unravel in the dryer and tie most of the clothes together.
Most of you know that my husband and I went to Europe for our honeymoon in October. I completely and utterly fell in love with it.
Besides Europe as a whole, Italy was my favorite. I’m still obsessed with it. So obsessed that I have found several “photo of the day” websites from the places I went (and places I will soon visit) and I check them every day. I dream of the time of when I will get to go back.
I’ve never been so fascinated with particular culture, but this one I am. As a kid, I always wanted to visit Italy. Of all the places in the world, Italy was the top on the list. I wonder if this dream is what makes me love it so much now.
Do you have any favorite travel websites you visit regularly?