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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Life Photography

The world is full of different lighting conditions that effect photos. Of course you don’t really see them, your eyes do a pretty good job of instantaneously white balancing correctly for different colored lights but they are there. Ever take a photo where it comes out blue or green or yellow? You just ran into a different light source. The top three are:

sunlight – the best possible light source which can be either warm or cool depending on cloud cover or the sun
incandescent light – a warm light with a red or yellow hue
florescent light – a cool light with a blue or greenish tinge

When taking photos of life happening quickly and in all different lighting conditions it can be difficult to get photos that look right. Of course I would love to take all my photos with time and consideration. I would love to get people to pose again and again for the same photo until I get it right. I would love to take my big SLR camera and lighting equipment whenever I go. The best way to photograph things is in a stable consistent environment but that isn’t at all feasible. My best photos come from my DSL cameras but they aren’t exactly easily portable. Out of necessity however a good half of the photos on this blog are from my trusty little point and shoot camera. A small canon that can fit in my purse and that goes everywhere with me.

Thankfully the technology of cameras is pretty smart. Even these little cameras do fantastically with balancing out light. But even cameras can fail. When they fail I rely on fixing the light in Photoshop which is usually just balancing out the color in the photo to where it looks right. Usually this works but life always likes to throw curve balls.

I took a photo at a macaron class. In that room there were two types of lights, a florescent light and an incandescent light, which totally screwed with both the camera and the easy Photoshop fix. The light in the original photo was ALL wrong.

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ORIGINAL PHOTO

After spending a few minutes trying to figure it out I asked Mr. Rogue if he could take a quick peek and see if he could help. Mr. Rogue is amazing with fixing lighting conditions. I sent him the file and five minutes later he sent me back his fix… it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for.

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MR. ROGUE IS VERY VERY FUNNY I GUESS HE WANTS ME A LITTLE MORE PINK

After letting him know how UNHELPFUL he was I went about getting the photo to have the right color. First I tinted the background blue, to get the white cabinets behind me to be more correct, and then I tinted me a blue green to get my skin color correct.

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I LOOK A LITTLE FUNNY WITH BLUE SKIN BUT AT LEAST THE BACKGROUND IS NOW MORE CORRECT

There is no way I could do this for every photo on the blog. It took over an hour to get the right colors. Thank goodness that usually I don’t even have to deal with lighting issues. Cameras are so smart and I cannot wait to see what new things come out in the next 20 years.

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BEFORE AND AFTER

1 comment:

paul peggy zeus said...

Awesome difference. The first one is so yellow!

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