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White balance, apertures and shutter speed #photography

I went to West Bromwich Manor House on Sunday and I was taking photos inside the Manor House and outside too. It was a cloudy day and so I set the white balance to cloudy to compensate for the grey sky.

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White balance

I have photographed singers on stage when coloured lights constantly change the colours of both the singer and the stage. The blues, pinks and other colours are easily recognised but when a grey sky is giving everything a grey tinge it’s harder to see. Setting the white balance on cloudy helps to compensate for that. There is also a ‘pre’ setting when you can take a white card which will become off-white under the grey sky. Taking a photo of the white card when the camera is set to ‘pre’ will adjust the white balance for that particular shade of off-white. I also set the white balance to sunny when the sun came out and when I went inside and started using the flash, the white balance was set to ‘flash’. That was when I decided to use auto which is quite good because I wasn’t going to get great shots inside anyway.

Aperture priority

I used aperture priority when I was outside as space was quite confined, I didn’t go much narrower than f/8. I took a few shots of people and went wide open for those. I changed to shutter priority when we went inside and turned on the flash. I used a small SB300 Nikon flash which is better than the pop-up flash and not quite as heavy as my professional Speedlight. Most of my shots inside were with fairly wide apertures.

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Natural light

I like indoor shots that use natural light and so I had to try this shot. It’s not quite as sharp as I hoped but it’s not bad. I used an ISO of 800, shutter speed of 1/100 of a second and shot it at f/3.8. I had a lot more time for this shot because we had sat down for tea. I think shooting it from a seated position worked better. Having the white balance on auto was probably the best choice too.

That’s all for this week. I hope my insights help you improve your photography. If you would like to follow my blog just enter your email address at the top of the sidebar or follow me on Twitter for links to my latest post. There are also links on my Facebook page.

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