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Bush Girl 11-01-2013 03:50 AM

Challenge No. 2 - PHOTO November 2013

This month we’re going to be thinking ahead to the holiday season
that is nearly upon us with a view to trying to take the best photos
we can. How many of you have taken loads of family gathering
photos at this often gloomily lit time of year only to be disappointed
with your pictures? You know, that orangey colour cast that just
doesn’t reflect how it was in real life. Or maybe your photos came
out harsh and overly blue. Our eyes can naturally adjust to see the
correct colours according to what light is present but most digital
cameras have difficulty with this, especially with indoor

Now, as digital scrapbookers we’re a pretty savvy bunch when it
comes to photo manipulation – lets face, pretty well all of us know
how to tweak our photos to make them look the way we’d like.
These tweaks, however, are post production changes – wouldn’t it
be better if we could get the colour cast right before we take the
photo? So this is where we need to learn a little bit about White
Balance – I know, it sounds scary and so much easier just to leave
on Auto, but I promise you that once you’re started changing up
your white balance for the lighting situation you find yourself in, it
will be just one more setting you’ll quickly adjust before taking your

Let me show you an example; Picture 1 is shot using Auto white
balance, and yes, it has a nice warmth about it, BUT, the walls are
actually pink, so the camera has definitely NOT produced the
correct colours. Picture 2 uses Tungsten white balance which
cools the colour cast down and more accurately reflects real life.

So my challenge to you this month is to find out about white
balance on your camera, be it a DSLR, a point & click or even a
phone camera – I believe even these have white balance settings.
Find your camera manual or look it up online, play with the white
balance settings, try different settings in your house, see what
works best for your camera and your lighting. Find an inanimate
object you like, and photograph it using all the settings on your
camera. Try photographing the same object in another room where
the lighting might be different – for example, my kitchen has super
bright but very harsh overhead LED lights where Fluorescent tends
to work best, whereas my sitting room is lit with softer up lights
casting an orangey glow and here Tungsten works best.

This is NOT a scrap challenge, I am not expecting to see a
traditional layout made. What I would like to see is a collage
showing your attempts at different white balance settings and to
know which of these you like best. You can try this outdoors as
well, but I find the differences are more extreme with indoor
photography, and after all, come the big family celebration,
chances are you’ll be indoors and limited to your existing lighting,
so if you know how to get the best from your camera now, you’ll be
ready to capture the best photos come the big day.

continued in next post...the system tells me I've used too many words!

Bush Girl 11-01-2013 03:51 AM

For reference here’s a handy guide to the main white balance
symbols thanks to SLR Lounge:

And for tutorials written with far more accurate technical advice
than I can give, google “white balance tutorials”, there are loads
out there - I found Digital Photography School’s advice particularly
useful and straightforward.

If you would like help with creating a collage do shout.

So here’s my example of what we’d like to see from you:

I definitely prefer the Tungsten setting in this room. Whereas with
my outdoor shots below I think I favour Shade for it’s richness.

Here’s some inspiration from the Cheery-Os:

by Lilly - she liked Flash best of all

by Jacqueline

We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Create a collage showing different white balance settings
Your collage must be placed in the Number 2 Challenge Gallery by midnight PST Saturday 30th November 2013 and linked back to this thread

Remember to update your post in the monthly Tracking Thread to receive your credit for this challenge.

Dumpty 11-01-2013 06:13 AM

OK ... I took two random objects that I thought might look OK on the photo *goofy smile* and brought them on the terrace with me ...
then I played for a while with my camera settings, and here we are !

you know what ? This was fun ! :)
The tungsten one looks pretty good and sharp ... but maybe a bit cold ...
the Cloudy one looks nicely warm ...
tough choice !

marijke 11-01-2013 10:32 AM

All my pictures are photographed in raw ... the white balance on my camera is therefore updated regularly ... if I want to shoot in cloudy weather ... the tone of the pictures is still a bit warmer ...

In the 9th small box I applied my workflow LR

mrstoa 11-01-2013 10:51 AM

With all you pros out there my amateur photos look pathetic - so it's either a new camera or at least read my present camera's instructions :eyebrows:

Dumpty 11-01-2013 11:15 AM

you might want to start with the reading part J. ... it might save you some money LOL
that said if you really want a new camera and were just looking for a good (or not so good) reason ... go for it ! :becky:

Lilly-10 11-02-2013 04:48 AM

Here are mine

easyeyes4you 11-02-2013 06:23 PM


Originally Posted by marijke (Post 420925)

All my pictures are photographed in raw ... the white balance on my camera is therefore updated regularly ... if I want to shoot in cloudy weather ... the tone of the pictures is still a bit warmer ...

In the 9th small box I applied my workflow LR

I actually like the auto one the best, but your corrections are a close 2nd...:hippie:

Jeannette 11-10-2013 11:59 AM

These photo's ae taken in the livingroom when it was dark outside, the lights where on.
I had a bit of a hard time with this challenge, since the screen on my camera is broke, I can't afford a new camera and (being old fashioned) I do not have a smartphone. So I used my tablet, which did not have so much white balance settings. I added some effects for the last photo's, black and white, sepia, no effects and negative.

Thanks for the challenge, it's interesting to see all these different settings!

Iken 11-13-2013 03:33 PM

Here are my pictures.
(Think I need to re-do this at other light conditions!)
I prefer the Fluorescent setting (corresponds actually quite well to the conditions!)

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