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Daylight setting 5200K

Hello everybody, hope the summer has been lazy and relaxing for YOU. At least here in Scandinavia July and August has been fantastic with temperatures around 24 C (which is ok in our countries).
For my part I have been lazy, which most often means busy with other things. Hope to compensate now and give you some more tips and tricks, about nature photography in particular and photography in general.
Today I will just notify you about two small things which dramatically can increase the quality of your photos, give you more control and more beautiful colors.

Automatic White Balance (AWB) 7500K

Almost all cameras are using AWB as default, but most of them also allow you to set different compensations, as daylight, cloud, flash etc. It is custom to call it white balance, but it should perhaps been more correctly called color balance or compensations. If you are using the AWB the camera will compensate the light color in such a way that “the snow will look grey, the beautiful white beach will look grey, the black dog will look grey and the sunset will look like midday” … and I guess that is not what you normally want. Therefor it is better to control it then let the camera decide for you.
I almost always have my camera on daylight (meaning 5200K) which normally does the trick, at least in the sense that I have control over what I get. This has one import consequence, if I am photographing late in the afternoon and actually want to catch e.g. the BLUE light I also get the blue light in my picture and the cameras has not automatic destroy it by compensating in the other direction (which it does). As you know the white balance is mainly controlling how much blue or yellow you will have in you photos and thereby how warm or cold we experience the picture. Just to make the portrait slightly warmer can add a completely different feeling or making a winter landscape slightly more blue will add to a more frosty feeling.

Use RAW not JPEG

If you don’t get it exactly right in the first place there is no need for panic, but to do it easy and with good results there is one prerequisite – use the RAW format. If you do that you have very good possibilities to fine tune your pictures in your digital darkroom. Using the RAW format in your camera means that you actually can apply the different balance setting after you have taken the photo. The RAW format contain all the primary information downloaded on you memory card which JPEG doesn’t.
I hope this will help you to make some amassing summer photos, but as always the most import – EXPERIMENT and have FUN

What’s coming next?

Now when the autumn is approaching, we are all looking forward to new and exciting photo opportunities. I will arrange course and workshops as well as new exhibitions. Please have a closer look at the website and or at Facebook or LinkedIn for further details.
Wishing you a Great Day