Monday, April 9, 2012

Getting the right balance

Balance is important in so many things. I've had difficulty finding it in a lot of ways lately. Most recently though it was white balance that was an issue for me. When I use my camera in the house on the manual setting I normally change the white balance for incandescent light. That isn't a problem until I go outside and start snapping pictures without remembering to change it to daylight. Now if you think that's not a big deal wait till you see the difference.
The first picture here was taken outside with the white balance set for incandescent light

Realizing what I did I changed the setting and took this one
Both of these pictures are straight off the camera and taken within a few minutes of each other. I don't know why I can never remember BEFORE I start shooting to check those settings.

28 comments:

Ginny said...

Gosh, this is a HUGE difference! I am always forgetting to change my settings!

Dr Sonia S V said...

Ann you are such a whizz with the camera!!

Ann Oon said...

sometimes... when you forget.. you get a pretty cool picture :) experimental... but cool :) glad that you are back and hope you'll find your balance soon!

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

The easiest way for me to find balance is to lay down on the bed, but when I wake up on the floor, I remember that taking things too much for granted can be painful.

Pat said...

I'm glad you didn't check the settings, we now have two beauties to look at :) xx

Duni said...

What a difference! Most of my pics are taken indoors and I'm still learning about white balance.

LDH said...

I know what you mean! That remembering thing is popping up a lot lately ;)

Catherine said...

Looks like your memory is like mine! Haha!
So many buttons to remember to change! ;)
xo Catherine

Sandra said...

i just typed a LOOOONG comment, and hit the space bar by accident and GONE. phooey. sometimes i do this on purpose to see what it does. i like both of these. i fiddle with my white balance and other settings and then snap and when i review i will have a black photo. and i never think to check the settings until i run a photo. welcome back, so happy you are back blogging

HOOTIN ANNI said...

...but if you DID remember to change the settings, we wouldn't be treated to the 'special' one beforehand. Right? I love 'em both.

allotments4you said...

I can't believe what a difference one little setting makes to the photo...however they are both really nice!!

Grace said...

I kinda like the first one better - but I can be perverse. But I do like the composition of the second better than the first...

Donna said...

Hahaaa....I'm lucky if I remember to take the Camera!!
hughugs

Rose said...

It is amazing what a difference that can make. I usually have my camera set for taking light box photos and often forget to change it when I'm photographing elsewhere.

Sandee said...

Wow what a difference indeed. I know nothing about photography. Hubby takes all the pictures. Mine are always terrible so I quit many years ago.

Balance is key indeed.

Have a terrific day. My best to Duke. :)

Lin said...

I'm guilty of that--just grabbing the camera and shooting. I'm not a good "photographer". :(

SweetMarie said...

There is a big difference, but they're both pretty. I'm always forgetting to change the settings. Sometimes I'm busy changing the settings and I miss the subject I'm trying to photograph. So much to learn! Have a great week Ann!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Ann, I know what you mean. I switch back and forth on my camera from regular settings to macro and I always forget to switch back.

In this instance though, I like them both. The first one is very artistic while the second one is natural. Both are gorgeous!

Helen said...

I don't know much about taking picture but I knew exactly what you meant. Most of my pictures for my blog were taken indoor, I took lots of them before I can get one descent picture for the post.

Don't unplug your hub. said...

I have a lot of trouble with my balance too. I'm OK today I've been sitting down a lot.:-)

BeadedTail said...

That is a difference! I've read my manual over and over and cannot figure out how to change my white balance at all. I need to for my jewelry shots but it just isn't going to happen I guess.

Chatty Crone said...

What a difference a setting makes! (I don;t think I have settings like that on my camera!)
sandie

Sharkbytes said...

I don't understand what half the settings on my camera do.

Debra Dickinson said...

Feeling behind and short on time, I scanned the text and looked at your pics 1st. I love your pictures! Then, I took time to read....

You lost me at manual settings. ;)

I love your work, and glad you are such a whiz with the camera. Thanks for sharing!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Big difference in the two pictures, Ann... The lighting and balance do make a difference.... Isn't photography fun?????

Hugs,
Betsy

Out on the prairie said...

i have shot on the wrong setting for a # of pics before I catch my error.

Donna said...

Don't fret, I do the same thing all the time! I shoot RAW images for maximum flexibility. So I can easily adjust the white balance in Adobe Camera RAW when I do my digital processing.

But I am trying to remember to check my first couple of images when I start a photo shoot and the playback instantly tells me that I forgot to change my settings.

Tammy said...

I wish I was so smart and knew what you were talking about. I have a nice camera and I have to learn how to use it. Your pictures are always so nice.

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