Most of the professional photographers make sure, white’s stay white. Often we are challenged with tricky lighting conditions which make deciding on a white balance difficult. JPEG shooters are more vulnerable since the scope for colour correction is limited in post-production.
However, even if you’re a RAW shooter it is important to get WB close to perfect right in the camera. A bride on her wedding day looking resplendent in her saree would be disappointed if you supply her with photographs wherein her saree colour is way off. It happens quite a lot in wedding photography, purples turn into blue. Since the amateur photographer is lost in other aspects(composition, lighting etc) of the photograph, it(WB) gets easily hood-winked. However, the bride and her family are the first to spot the mistake. In rare cases, they might not complain but you are sure to lose the client for a future photo assignment.
In order to avoid such an unpleasant scenario, one should be careful about the WB during shooting. Often WB is a subjective topic. Some like their pictures to be warmer whereas others opt for the most neutral colours. I fall in the latter category. I do tweak the WB to one other than the prefect when I feel the need for it. Often I proceed with setting the camera’s white balance to a ‘preset’ closer to the lighting condition I am shooting in. When I shoot under mixed lighting conditions, I make sure to get a “Grey Card” reading from my subject. Of-course, I always shoot in RAW. Combination of these two methods give me a head-start when I have the photographs over the computer post shoot. Most often, the WB is spot on or close enough. The little adjustment(if required) is easily handled in post-production.
What do you do when you are bored? When no idea comes to your mind? Then all of a sudden, you think, let’s throw those speed-lights up in the air! Here is what you get after having a few, “heart in your mouth” moments. If your speed-lights or the cute canine is hurt during tossing, do not blame me. ;-)
It’s three years! A grand three years in my 365 Project. Never imagined, I would reach so far. It has been a truly magnificent journey, trying to produce a unique photograph each day. What brings further joy to me is, if one perseveres, producing a photograph every day is indeed possible. As I look back, I can see how I am improving as a photographer.
2015 will be an awesome year. I will continue the 365 Project. Thank you for the strong support & hope it continues in 2015. Will work more hard and produce photographs, unimagined and unexplored previously! :-)
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There were four of us. Heavy bags loaded with camera gear and two bags worth of light-stands and a tripod. Somehow we managed to cram within the cubicle sized cab. It was early morning at around 6AM and we were traveling at the rate of knots on the expressway. All of a sudden, the rear tire ruptured with the cab in motion at 100km/hr.
Luckily the driver ignored the advice of pulling over to a side with the vehicle vibrating furiously after the tire burst. He kept cool and continued to balance the car in one straight line. If he would have pulled aside, no doubt it would have spelt doom with vehicles from behind appraoching at light speed. Eventually the cab came to a halt. Thank god, we all were safe. It was definitely, a lesson to live life better having stared at death up close. A lesson to not take each day for granted.
The point I want to drive home is, let 2015 be the best year. Merely announcing won’t do. Work hard, set goals, achieve them and continue to learn. Challenge yourself and explore the unexplored. Happy New Year 2015!
Experience the bliss as I walk you through beautiful lanterns & the lights on streets of Mumbai.