Saturday, June 30, 2012

Better Photos: Manual and White Balance

I am still putting it all together (it's rather sad, really, when I think of the number of photography classes I've taken, and how little I've retained from them).

I did play around with some manual settings and got some rather nice photos of the yard:

This could stand some editing (cropping, mostly), but it's a reasonably decent shot.

The big aha moment came, however, in learning to play with white balance.  I did as the tutorial suggested and took took the same photo over and again, using all of the pre-set balances.  Then I set the balance using a piece of white paper (after navigating my camera's menu system to learn how to create my own pre-set balance) and took the photo again. I'll spare you ALL of the photos, but here are the photos taken on automatic and using a custom white balance.

The custom white balance looks much more natural, and I love that I did not need to use flash.  I did keep the camera on Aperture Priority mode (my new bff in photography), but left everything else up to the camera for now.

Between Aperture Priority and White Balance, I feel like I have a whole new lease on digital photography! Yay!

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