Wednesday, March 17, 2010

12 Weeks to Better Photography - Week 3


This week's lesson was about lighting and setting your white balance. I admit. I pretty much shoot in Auto all the time. (Hopefully this will stop soon now that I'm learning to use my camera). The most I'll ever change is the ISO setting. I will change to an indoor setting every now and then though. White balance? I've never even messed with the feature until today.

You know when you take pictures inside and they sometimes have a yellow hue to them. That's from your white balance. Changing the white balance helps to get rid of the yellow.

Rufus reluctantly volunteered as my subject for this lesson. The first picture is using Auto White Balance and the second is using the Tungsten setting.



Not a ton of difference. Rufus is a little pinker in the second, but that's about it.

Here he is again with the Custom white balance setting. He's actually white in this one and not pink.


See the difference between auto and custom. You actually get a more realistic picture with the custom.

Next week we'll learn about using the flash.


  1. Good example! Your dog is adorable!

  2. I'm glad you were able to figure out how to set your custom white balance. It took me awhile to figure out too. All the dang cameras are so different!

    Great results with your shots...though I do like the first one equally as well, even if it isn't "true to life".

  3. Meredith - I agree, I like the first a little bit more. While he's whiter in the last, his orange isn't as orange as it is in real life.


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