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How To White Balance

By on September 23, 2016

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In this post we will learn how to white balance your camera shots.

 

According to the dictionary, White Balance (WB) is the process of removing unrealistic color cast, so that objects which appear white in person are rendered white in your photo or video. Proper camera white balance has to take into account the “color temperature” of a light source, which refers to the relative warmth or coolness of white light.

Let’s Talk About Cameras.

Each camera is different, but they all have the option of setting white balance. If for some reason you forget to set the white balance in your camera before taking a picture. Then don’t fret, because you do still have the option of using a photo editor such as Adobe Photoshop or other editing software to get your photos fixed and white balance. As long as you had good lighting conditions to work with.

The same applies to video as well. As long as you have good lighting and your forgot to white balance then you can still fix the shots in post production with video editing software.

If you camera or camcorder has auto white balance, then make sure it set to that. A lot of camera also have a manual mode, which in this case, you will have to manual white balance it yourself. Some handy tools you can use for that are called grey cards.

How To Use A Grey Card

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STEP 1 :  If you have a grey card then you are all set. Just make sure there is nothing else in the shot, you can also do this with a white sheet of paper like photo copy paper, but sometimes the copy paper is not true white. You can be the judge of that. You can buy these grey cards on eBay, Amazon, or stores that sell video and photography equipment. Now just take a picture with your camera.

STEP 2 :  Look through you camera’s menu until you find where it says “custom white balance” or something similar to that. You will then have to choose the image you just took of the grey card.

STEP 3 :  Your camera might ask you “Use WB data from this image?” then just select OK.

STEP 4 :  Set your camera’s White Balance setting to Custom. It looks like a square with two triangles under it on most cameras.

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Rule of Thirds

By on April 12, 2016

In this article we will learn about the rule of thirds.

If you have been doing any kind of work which requires the composing of visual images such as photography, film, video, or paintings. Then you should know what the rule of thirds are.

If not, I will explain what it is and how it works here for you.

According to Wikipedia, the rule of thirds was first created by a guy named John Thomas Smith back in 1797, where in his book “Remarks on Rural Scenery” he quoted some work by Sir Joshua Reynolds in 1783, in which Reynolds discussed the terms of the balance of dark and light in a painting. Smith then continues with an expansion on the idea, naming it “Rule of thirds”.

In the pictures below, you can see a good representation of the rule of thirds in action.

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As you can see the picture on the right was cropped to line up the mountain peak with the left
vertical line of the rule of thirds.

 

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Lining up the water’s horizontal line with
the rule of thirds lower horizontal line.

 

The rule of thirds are divided into 9 equal squares and are use to line up objects of interest. You may also think about the rule of thirds as a tic tack toe board which includes two vertical lines going across and two horizontal lines going up and down.

When filming or taking pictures of people we would use these lines to line up the body or face to a vertical line and their eyes to the horizontal line.

If the person is moving, you would follow the same process, but also allow extra room in front of the person in the direction that they are moving.

Using this technique claim that aligning a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition of the shot rather then just simply centering the subject for something that might just seem relatively boring.

If you like to learn more about Digital Photography, I recommend checking out this book by Geoff Lawrence.

 

I hope you enjoyed this article, until next time…

 

Thanks for stopping by.

Ronnie Rokksm

Ronnie Rokk Smith
Rokk Films – Sharing The Magic, One Clip At A Time!