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Using White Balance Creatively

Lesson 8 from: Mastering Your Digital Camera

Chris Weston

Using White Balance Creatively

Lesson 8 from: Mastering Your Digital Camera

Chris Weston

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8. Using White Balance Creatively

White balance can be correct -- or creative. See how the white balance settings can be used to create a warmer or cooler image to play with the mood of the photograph.

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Using White Balance Creatively

technically, white balance is used to remove color casts, but if you've got up, it's silly oclock in the morning to photograph a sunrise, for example, you may not want to remove a color caste, but if I was a photograph, this of the technically accurate white balance setting of cloudy. Because we have a cloudy day. That's exactly what would happen. However, instead, I could get a little bit more creative if I used the shade setting, which is a strong orange filter in photographic terms. Then I'm going to enhance those colors. I'm going to introduce the reds back into the picture for amore emotive image. I can also do the same with the other colors in the white balance range. We associate ice with the color blue. But if I photographed this that the technically accurate white balance setting I don't get blue ice, I get grey ice, but I can change that. And to do that, all I have to do is change the white balance, though one of the blue equivalents, either tungsten or fluorescent. If I do t...

hat, hey, presto, I get blue ice. So the technical purpose of white balance is to eradicate color casts, but you can use white balance creatively to enhance color casts or to add a color that in the scene doesn't actually exist.

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mark jacobson
 

What a marvelous course! What a marvelous teacher! When I went to college, my father would always ask me about my professors, more than the courses themselves. He was passionate about learning and although too busy with earning an income to go beyond an undergrad degree, continued to read 50 books a year. I still remember how he'd get almost visibly excited when I'd tell him about some special professor who taught with such enthusiasm and, more than just passion, evident delight and joy in the subject. 'Ah they're the best, son. How wonderful you have such a teacher." Well, he passed away decades ago but if he were still around I'd get a kick out of telling him about Chris Weston, the 'Prof' of this course. He's one of the very special ones: a teacher who's loved and lived his vocation--his avocation--since he was a boy--and still is as excited about it now as he was then. The result: a course that seems to be more a labor of love--of pouring far more energy and thought into the details then one typically finds in these courses--than anything else. Bravo Chris! I'm already on to your next one.

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Chris is an amazing instructor who dissects theory giving amazing analogies that bring concepts to life. I have rarely been able to sit through most video course for more than a half-hour but watched this one from beginning to end. A good refresher course if you've been away from the camera for awhile or there are some concepts that still illude you. I highly recommend this course and look forward to watching his others. Thank you for the clarity and great explanations.

Sky Bergman
 

This was an amazing class. I have looked at a number of basic photography classes. This one was by far the best I have seen. Chris is an exceptional teacher. He breaks things down into digestible information and then inspires you to be creative. Thank you!

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