Balance the white right

A cameras job is basically to try to remake the picture as mush as the real motif as possible. It tries to make it as identical as possible to us, but it does not always succeed. This is because the camera sees the light different than us, and it’s sometimes hard for it to balance it as we see it. This is why we sometimes need to balance the white in the photos manually, to get the perfect picture we want.

When taking a picture, our eyes see the light as white, no matter what kind of light it’s lighted by. The camera on the other hand, sees light different depending on what light source you are using. Lightbulbs gives one light, sunlight one and your camera flash gives one. For us, it’s the same thing, since it’s what we call white. But the camera reacts on the different wave lengths in the light, and it sees it differently.

Sometimes the camera makes the picture appear much more yellow than it actually is. This is because of the wave lengths int the light. It’s at this times that you need to manually adjust the white balance, to get the kind of white you want.

As an example, you want to take a picture on a white surface at home. The camera’s setting is on auto, for the white balance. Your lighting is not the best, but you’ve got all the lights in the room on and your motive is lighted. You think your surface and background is completely white, but still your picture gets a very yellow tone to it.

At this point, it’s time to get on the computer and get the picture in an editing program of your choice. Adjust the white balance manually, and with a little time you’ll soon get it more white. Just as it sounds, it’s a balance. You don’t want to over do it and ruin the picture, but you still want the yellow tone to disappear.

As an alternative to adjusting it manually and shooting with the auto setting, you might change the setting in the camera. Depending on what camera you have, it might be better or worse. However, if your camera is at least a little bit advanced, you’ll be able to get pretty good footage. The setting you want to shoot with if you know the auto doesn’t do the trick, is the setting for adjusting measured white balance. It might have different names on some cameras, but you’ll clearly see what setting it’s about.

With this adjustments and a decent light, you should be able to get very white pictures. If not, try to change the light or edit the final things in your computer. A better light in the setting makes a huge difference and if you can afford it, I can really recommend learning more about it and buying the kind you need for your footages.

Make the white white, not yellow

The basics of backlight

Photo with backlight

Taking a picture with a backlight can be fantastic. But it can also end up in complete failure. Of course, one of this is wanted and the other is not. But controlling this by your selfe is not always that easy. Footage in backlight has its own ways of working.

Taking a photo with backlight most often means bad setting and surroundings for those who aren’t familiar with the technique yet. Many people just changes the angle or the settings to avoid it. Although, these people are often very new and unskilled and their photos does not always get the magic they are after. At this times the backlight can actually help you. Considering you have the right hardware of course.

Backlight creates magic in the photos, it gives the living touch and the true feeling of what you are photographing. It creates a different dimension and makes it more unique. It can mainly be done in two ways, to create this feeling. The main difference is more or less the hardware, that either has or hasn’t a filter.

Of you want to take a nice backlight photo without the glare and reflections, it’s best to not use the filter that you may have added behind your objective. This filter normally protects your front lens and it can be very useful to have. In situations like this, though, it’s better to remove it. The glares and reflections in the photo often comes from this filter, that makes the light bounce in unwanted directions. This is what causes glares and if you want a simple photo, it’s bye bye with the filter for a while.

Although, this glares and reflections can also make a nice twist to a photo. Use the glares and create beautiful and interesting effects in the photo. Play around with it a bit and find the vision you want. Combine this with a playful motive and you suddenly have a whole different kind of picture. Here, the filter may help you to get the glares.

This glares or glare-free photos also has a lot to do with your aperture. A smaller aperture gives you more glares and a more direct, harsh light. The source of the light becomes very distinct. With a bigger aperture the light becomes softer, more of a bright spot than a harsh point. The shorter creates more effects, and the bigger creates a more lighter background.

It’s also good to know about the two main versions of a backlight photograph – silhouette or coverage. The two is kind of self-explanatory, but it never hurts with a quick explanation.

The silhouette with backlight is basically when you expose the picture after the sun/light source and the motive becomes a darker silhouette. The light source therefor takes over since you decide just how bright it should be. The other version, with the coverage, is just about the opposite. This time, you expose the picture after your motive and the bright part will take over from the background. It ends up with a motive in your preferred lightings, and a very bright background. Both can be fantastic sets of footages and you might as well take the same picture with different exposure, to make the results completely different from each other.

No matter what method and what photo you are after – backlight can be extremely fun to play with. It takes skill, practice, decent hardware and a whole lot of imagination!