Monday, August 3, 2009

not on automatic III

This week's lesson at A Familiar Path was about using the white balance options on your camera. I didn't know that adjusting the white balance can help you take better indoor photos, because there are some times when you just can't go outside. I chose to take some pictures in my den, which has windows along one side, but the light is hard to capture. I wanted to show how my crazy short haircut has grown out nicely, and I didn't have anyone else to photograph, so I also used the automatic timer on these.

This first picture is just on automatic. I am out of focus and the flash popped on. Ick.

My camera has several settings for white balance: incandescent, fluorescent, direct sun, flash, cloudy and shade. You can set each of these from the range of -3 to +3. Curious, I tried the shade setting first. See below.

I like the expression on my face, but I am quite yellow. Then I tried the fluorescent, even thought I didn't have any fluorescent lights on. Below, I am blue. The star streaks of light to the left are fun, though.


It seemed to me that since I had incandescent light behind me, I should try that. I didn't know what the numbers really mean, so I tried it to +3. Better, since I'm not blue, but not quite right.

Curious, I tried setting it to -3. I like the one below the best. It's still not completely wonderful, but I enjoyed the experiment and the fact that there are so many options when taking pictures indoors. It takes a cooperative model, though, to let you play with all of it. I don't know how Chickadee does it with a baby!



Well, the other point to this was to show that my haircut is really nice at this length. It only took me a month to get it to a stage where it is a good look. I have received many compliments on my new hair recently, and we all like compliments, right?!

10 comments:

Dawn said...

i like your hair, too!

and i liked seeing your show & tell today. mine did not comeout great, and i think i need some more practice! AND after seeing how you changed the number setting and the light setting, i want to try that. who knew these cameras could be this fancy?!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful

Melissa Stover said...

just experimenting with these settings will help even if they don't turn out at first like you'd like. keep trying. thanks for linking up.

Beth said...

Isn't it fun to see what a camera can do?! I was surprised, too, when I tried the different # settings on my camera at the difference it made. I just wish I knew what they meant! :)

beth

theprovidentwoman said...

great blog. I'm trying to get better with my camera. I can't even figure out how to turn the flash off. I just hold it down and my husband yells at me telling me it'll break it. Oops!

deb said...

this was so helpful.. posting all the different results.I am motivated!

Julie said...

You did a great job, the last one is the best. I think that is the setting that worked best for me, too. Your hair looks great, it's always nice when it finally grows in enough to suit you. Then it just grows right back out lol. Oh well. Have a super week. :)

Lacy said...

I think I am just drawn to warmer photos -- I like the shade setting best!

Frizzy said...

I too like the warmer photos for the color and the shading. I like feeling all cozy. You're hair is too cute! I'm seriously going to have to participate in this photo thing. Hopefully life will slow down soon so I can.

Heather said...

First and foremost, your hair is ADORABLE!! So cute.

I don't know...I kind of like the yellow one. It's so warm. I like the last one too, though. The star effect is back in the background and that is really very cool looking.