June is here and so is the heat, bugs, gnats – if you live in the south :), but so are all the joys of summer! Brilliant colors, backdrops of all sizes, and shapes beckon us to bring our camera and create!
I don’t know how many of you are shooting in manual – but it’s a lot of fun and not “the big monster” I once believed it to be! I used to think it was somewhat like some of my higher math classes in high school – just not to be figured out. BUT – that isn’t the case!! After several “black” frames way back when – I am now one of the biggest fans of manual. That brings me to the tip of the month – manual white balance.
Once I got the hang of manual – I was still sometimes frustrated with tonal coloration – until I discovered manual white balance. If you’ve read this far I’m assuming you are still with me on the subject and have some knowledge of what I’m talking about – so let’s go for it!
Set your white balance to K. Keep in mind when photographing people a little warmer is always better than bluer or green! The lower the Kelvin temperature the warmer the color tone (1000K) , the higher the Kelvin temperature the cooler the light is.
Indoor Lighting -Incandescent bulbs – Kelvin range – 2000 +
Early morning, dusk – Kelvin Range – 3000+
Direct sun, noon – Kelvin Range – 5000+
Flash – 5,600
Shade, overcast day – Kelvin Range – 7000+
The above numbers are just starting points and you will need to work with your camera to find what is actually best for you and your composition.