What is white balance.

whit balance is a setting where you can adjust the colour to make it warmer or colder. It can be used to neutralise colours in a day to make it look normal it can also be used to make one day look like another so you can use it to make a warm day look cold or a cold day look warm.

What is colour temperature.

Different colours have different temperatures we use the kelvin scale to define this. Orange reds and yellows are all warmer colour when blues and greens are colder colours. We use cold colours to neutralise warm colours, and warm colours to neutralise cold colours.


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From the set of pictures I have taken I can instantly notice the changes of colour. Some of them will be very neutral when others are very blue the changes are most apparent in the pictures taken in a out door environment. I’ve also noticed that the most blue images are florescent and tungsten the day was already grey so accept from neutralising it it probably enhanced the colours. From analysing my pictures I have made the decision that shade created the best balance for both outdoor and indoor taking pictures of the outdoors, and that cloudy was the best for my indoor photos. I learnt from this task that you can not just take a picture in any balance you actually have to work out the best way to balance the colours to make the most out of the lighting.

3 point lighting.

3 point lighting is when you have 3 lights all pointing at one subject. The first light is called the key light this gives the main amount of light it will light up the side of the subject its pointing at but still leaves shadows. So we use another light this one is called the fill light this usually goes the opposite side to the the key light and is way less intense and is usually dull it is simply to fill in the shadows so there not completely black.The last light is called the back light or the hair light this is placed behind the subject and is used to make highlights round the edge of some parts of the subject.

For my practical task we were given a reflector to go out and use the natural light  to test out the effects of lighting here are the pictures we took.



Silver reflector


Black reflector


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As we can see from the results it wasn’t as successful as expected however the day was very dull so the lighting was not great at all. From analysing my results I can see that gold reflector worked the best as you can see the tint along my face. The rest of the pictures are very dull and plain and I don’t think worked at all.