Wednesday, January 14

January 14, 2009

I've been reading a book on photography by Bryan Peterson, trying to get some ideas for creative compositions and understand the mechanics of photography overall. He despises white balance. Absolutely hates it. He says he sets it to cloudy, increases the exposure by three levels, and never touches it again. I thought I'd try it out this morning when the intricacies of the bench and shadows attracted me from across the street. I'm not sure that I'm in complete agreement with Mr. Peterson, but the photos with his settings ultimately were more attractive than the ones with automatic white balance. Time for more tests ...


  1. that's really interesting. Does that mean that in this picture the "white" of the camera is less, or more white than true white?

  2. That's a good question. I think cloudy days tend to come out more blue, so setting the white balance to cloudy counteracts this. If you use the cloudy white balance on a normal day, everything is warmer. Does that help?