Monday, November 3, 2008

White Balance Insights by Oysterblogger

I took this picture about six weeks ago.
Location: In my Father in Laws car with the door ajar.
Weather: A bit cloudy
Problem: it is way too blue and I didn't have enough light 
ISO 200 
f/stop 5.6
shutter speed 1/125
I was still getting to know my manual settings and I still am, 
but luckily if you do have bridge that comes with the Adobe Creative Suites
you can open the photo in Bridge
File-Camera Raw Preferences-then use the White balance pop out menu and change it to

or Lightroom 1.0 or 2.0
Develop-White Balance (pop down m
enu) then Shady

SHADY since she was inside the car and the light in the car was like Shade condition.

If you just have photoshop and no Creative Suite you can fix the blue with Auto Color.
But it is not as nice and warm as changing the White Balance.
You can compensate by messing around with the tones...

This last picture is my final unless I decide to burn my older son out of the top
left corner.  I liked the look of the three of them but then he sort of seems like a distraction.
Since I am still working on my manual Photography I do use PS to enhance
Here I gave it more blacks and I used the healing tool for some wrinkles.
I also added a a few layers to smooth it out.
(that is a whole other post!)
As you can see the final product looks much nicer but much of the change was my change in the White Balance.
The only reason the picture turned out so blue was because I forgot to do adjust
the White Balance inside the camera menu before I started shooting and it must have been on SUNNY.  I learned this in my photo class that I took.
I am obviously still really behind I shooting my images straight out of the camera this good but I am working on it.  If you want to see some of my more recent photos that were almost Straight Out of the Camera with less adjustments look here
Let me know if you think I should burn out my older son I am curious what the eyes of others would say to this visual question?
As you can see I do not know all the hard and fast rules of composition YET
for now I just use my eye to see what I like and what I don't.


Tash said...

Hey a suggestion I noticed as I was posting:
for the Page Editor:
I think we should change the background color of the blog. White or Black might make the pictures less washed out also the link color is grey and it is almost the same color as the background

Carin said...

I really like what you did. The before and after are just amazing. The final is fantastic. As far as your oldest son, it's a toss up for me. While I really like him in there I wonder too what the picture would be like with just the two main subjects. Have you tried editing him out just to see what the picture would look like? The picture captures so many emotions, great job!

Carin said...

I took my hand and covered up your older son, I think that lets the viewer focus on the relationship between grandmother and grandson a little better. Just my thoughts.

Cy said...

Great post! Great finished product. Thanks. Concerning the oldest, assuming his soul didn't get trapped in the camera, removing him would add drama to the pic.


Anonymous said...

I really like your pics, as I have said before on this blog, it never ceases to amaze me how much can be done with the computer camera combination!
As for kid #2, there are a few of the examples where he looks like a ghost in the background. I think I would have to say remove him from the pic and it would really capture the gramma moment.
(CY, I'm pretty sure his soul will be with him in school?!) hehe


Auntie M said...

I really like what you did with your picture... I love the feeling between Grama and little one... it feels so warm and safe.