» Your camera’s white balance control helps you to make surethat things that are supposed to be white actually look whitein your final image. Different sources of light create differentcolour ‘casts’ – for instance, candlelight creates an orangeglow, whereas twilight can give everything a cool, blue hue.» Our vision compensates for different types of light, so we seethat a sheet of white paper is white, whether it’s viewed bycandlelight or in twilight. The camera doesn’t; it recordswhat’s in front of it, which can lead to pictures that are too‘warm’ or too ‘cool’
» There’s a range of white balance options open toyou, and choosing the right one can be a bit dauntingat first. Luckily, the default Automatic White Balance(AWB) setting does a good job of getting the colourof your shots right in most situations.
» Most SLRs offer Tungsten or Incandescent (light bulbsymbol), Daylight (sun), Shade (house), Cloudy(cloud) and Flash (lightning). There might be one ormore Fluorescent settings (bar with lines) too
LESSON TASK» Experiment with different types of light around the school.Aim to capture at least three different light sources» Demonstrate the different colours that they give off. Also lookfor places where there are different light sources in the sameplace.LESSON TASK PART 2» Experiment with the different white balance settings on yourcamera. Take at least two photographs for each setting» Download and label all images taken