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Monday, April 8, 2013

White Balance

I know I'm a little slow in post this, but it's last better late then never.

The assignment this time was all about white balance.

For those of you who unfamiliar with white balance, it is how the camera adjusts to the color cast that different light sources produce. Our eyes automatically adjust to the different color casts but as our cameras are not as sophisticated we need to choose different settings.

At Digital Photography School website I found a good little summary on the different white balance settings.

Auto – this is where the camera makes a best guess on a shot by shot basis. You’ll find it works in many situations but it’s worth venturing out of it for trickier lighting.

Tungsten – this mode is usually symbolized with a little bulb and is for shooting indoors, especially under 
tungsten (incandescent) lighting (such as bulb lighting). It generally cools down the colors in photos.

Fluorescent – this compensates for the ‘cool’ light of fluorescent light and will warm up your shots.


Daylight/Sunny – not all cameras have this setting because it sets things as fairly ‘normal’ white balance settings.


Cloudy – this setting generally warms things up a touch more than ‘daylight’ mode.


Flash – the flash of a camera can be quite a cool light so in Flash WB mode you’ll find it warms up your shots a touch.


Shade – the light in shade is generally cooler (bluer) than shooting in direct sunlight so this mode will warm things up a little.



I thought it would be interesting to show you my pictures. They are pretty straight forward and all of the same subject matter. The only diffidence is that they are all taken with different white balance setting. I thought it was nice to show them side by side so you can see the impact that the white balance can have on a photo. 





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