Last few days we’ve talked about lighting.
We’ve talked about direction and quality of light. We’ve also talked about modifying light using simple tools like foam boards, trash bags and black mesh screens.
Now it is time to turn our focus to capturing the right color using correct color temperature and white balance.
Light has a different quality based on its light source. As you take food photos, depending on light source you will notice that food subject’s color may not be all that accurate.
You can attribute that to white balance. As a result of different light sources, the color temperature is different and your photograph has a weird bluish layer (with a certain light source).
Below are some commonly used symbols for light sources in a light
Each situation creates a distinguishable change in color. Daylight (or direct sun) changes color very differently than Tungsten light source.
We have talked about White Balance (WB) and capturing correct color in detail before, so I am not planning to repeat that in this post. You can read about capturing and correcting wrong colors in food photography, 5 ways to get color right and much more.
Two tips to make the most of the White Balance setting:
- Try turning off the AB auto mode and pick a WB mode (If you don’t know how to adjust your WB, please read the camera manual).
- Try shooting in cloudy mode WB. I like to do this sometimes and this automatically improves saturation and provides warmth. However also remember that not all food looks good in "warmer" White Balance. Food that are "cold" color temperature wise, make horrible photos when "warmer" WB is used. For example ice looks better a tiny bit cold (or bluer shade) than warm (yellower shade).
Let’s look at today’s assignment.
Time estimated: 30-60 mins
Step 1 – Today again, select the subject. Ideally use the same food subject, you have been using last couple of days.
Step 2 – Set up the food subject in a way that the source of light is on one side. Take a photograph using all the principles we talked about in last few days.
Step 3 – Now, start by changing the WB to cloudy. Take a photograph with this mode.
Step 4 – Next change WB to Direct Sun or Daylight. Take couple of photos in this WB mode.
Step 5 –Repeat step 4 with fluorescent WB mode. Take photo when you change an angle. (remember that you are taking the photo in same light source, but only changing white balance setting in your camera). In total change the WB four times and take a photo each time without changing any other settings.
Step 6 – Again, compare these photos just like you did yesterday. Recall your story and the specific elements we discussed yesterday. Which one of these photos compares closely with your story? If none does, that’s okay too.
Step 7 – Upload the best photo/s on Lesson 11 Album on the new Facebook Group. If you are not a member of the facebook group, you will not be able to view the album. Request access from the FB Group page.
Did you see any difference in the color when you used different WB settings? How often have you used WB setting to correct the color before taking the photo?
Certainly you can correct the color in post processing if you are shooting RAW. But when I take photos, my goal usually is to capture the best photo I can in the camera so that I can minimize time spent in post processing. What about you?