White balance and colour cast

It has taken me longer than it should to finish this exercise, not because it was particularly difficult but because I’ve found it really frustrating.  Take 3 scenes, two of which involve sunshine!  I’m already panicking about getting the right conditions to take the pictures I need for the assignment for this unit.  The other thing was that I felt that there was nothing new here, we covered white balance in TAOP, ok, we didn’t talk much about Kelvin scale but I struggled to find the enthusiasm for the same old thing.

Another issue I had, was when I took the pictures I stupidly didn’t note down the white balance settings I used, not to worry, I’ll be able to access them from the exif data in Lightroom, or so I thought.  What I have found though is that the exif data in Lightroom is actually quite limited compared with what you are able to see in Elements, so I had to load the pictures into Elements, no big problem but it just added to the frustration and the feeling that I’ll be glad to put this exercise to bed.

So what did I find?  Well without exception I got a more accurate colour produced when I used the correct White Balance setting.


About Anne Bryson

I live in Gloucestershire with my husband Iain and West Highland Terrier, Isla. I enjoy golf, photography and my grandchildren, not necessarily in that order! Having completed a 10 week digital photography course with the Open University in 2010 and wanting to take photography further, I enrolled on the Open College of the Arts BA (Hons) starting with 'The Art of Photography' which I thoroughly enjoyed. Next came Digital Photographic Practice followed by People and Place. In April 2016 I progressed to level two with Documentary and in June 2018 enrolled on my latest OCA course, Landscape.
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