05 Shoot with the wrong white balance
Landscape photographers are always waxing lyrical about chasing the golden light at dawn and dusk.
But the mark of a real photographer is being able to come away with pictures when the light isn’t playing ball.
This month, why not make the effort to get out there when others are heading home – and using your camera’s white balance control to bring out the best in the scene?
The white balance setting is usually used to achieve the correct colour balance.
In Auto – which is, let’s be honest, where most of us leave white balance – the camera will automatically try and neutralise any overall colour cast.
But white balance can also be purposely set incorrectly to add drama and artistic effects to your images.
Take this moody Isle of Skye seascape by landscape pro photographer Adam Burton.
Adam manually set the white balance of this shot to a Daylight setting, which allowed the natural coolness of the scene to come through.
Left to its own devices, his camera would have tried to remove some of the blue hue by warming the image up, losing much of its moody magic in the process.
Get started today…
* Use Daylight, Flash or Tungsten settings to add blue to outdoor scenes.
* Use Daylight, Overcast or Shade settings to increase the warmth of a sunset.
* Try setting a white balance using the Kelvin (K) option for more subtle results.
* Shoot in raw format, and then adjust the white balance in raw-processing software later.
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