Okay, I’m late on this but I promise I have a good excuse! I’ve come down with a nasty cold and as if that weren’t enough . . . I am having a terrible muscle spasm in my neck, which has affected my right arm and shoulder. I was laid up in bed with the heating pad yesterday. Even so, I decided to use the time wisely by doing lesson 3 and I’m glad I did! It was SO helpful . . . my favorite lesson out of the three I’ve done so far.
Hearing that Lesson 3 was all about white balance was intimidating. Now that I’ve read about it I realize that more than HALF of the photos I have taken with my camera have a very orange tint to them. I never even really took notice but almost ALL of my belly shots look so orange to me now. I guess my eye is more trained to notice the tint of an image now, which is super cool to know!
Anyway, I’m laying in bed reading the lesson and it’s like a light bulb went off! I can actually TELL my camera what to do. Yeah, whodathunk it? I take a lot of photos indoors and they all end up the wrong color mainly because we have very little natural light/sunlight flooding into our house and use whatever artificial light we have on in the house. Now I know that this is called Tungsten light and it usually gives photos an orange tint.
I never knew how to use the custom white balance setting on my camera. But all I had to do was hold up a white piece of paper (note: I actually took a photo of our white comforter so I didn’t have to get out of bed) and then set my custom white balance setting to that particular photo. This told the camera to “correct” the less than stellar lighting situation in the bedroom. Ha ha, take that overhead lighting! I am outsmarting you now!
Here are the three photos the lesson wanted me to take. I used Roxie the pug as my model because #1. she is lazy and #2. she was readily available. I think you’ll see that the difference is amazing!
(I used the Aperture Priority/AE setting instead of manual mode to take these photos. Still too scared of manual.)