Understanding White Balance

Class Description

White Balance is a fundamental photography concept, but it's often not discussed -- or discussed incorrectly -- in many fast-paced "Introduction to Photography" classes. Photos are sometimes too "orange" or too "blue".  This is often caused by selecting the wrong white balance setting, or using Auto mode.  We use the camera's "White Balance" settings to compensate for the off-color, ambient lighting.  And in some cases, we use "customized" white balance settings.

Your camera, monitor and printer all lie to you!

White Balance (or incorrect White Balance) is one of the biggest things that can make an image look "first-class" or "amateur". There are too many factors working against you when trying to correct an image's color. So we often rely on "Auto-White Balance" (AWB). This basically wild-cards your photographs, promising inconsistently incorrect color on a consistent basis. (Like how I did that?) :)

White Balance settings, good bad and ugly

Believe it or not, there are white balance settings you should absolutely avoid. We'll discuss each white-balance type, what they were intended for, what makes them useful, and which ones to completely avoid using.

Using bad White Balance Creatively!

You can get some very interesting and beautiful images by incorrectly using White Balance. We'll even discuss how your flash impacts creative color photography.

Using Custom White Balance tools

There are several tools for creating color-perfect images in-camera (before you take the photograph). We'll look at each of these tools and discus what they are used for. Then we will focus on the "White Balance Lens Cap", and how to use it.


To help you best understand these concepts, you will be provided a FREE WHITE BALANCE LENS CAP, and we will work several exercises to learn how to use it correctly.

Previous Class Comments and Reviews

  • Jay

    Jay
    And WB'ing will never be the same ever again. Thanks Joe!!

  • Darrel Black

    Darrel Black
    Lots of information was presented and it went to the artistic as well as practical aspects of white balance. Thanks, Joe.

  • Calvin  Heinly

    Calvin Heinly
    Joe as always puts on a great class with lots of info

  • Phyllis

    Phyllis
    Great info. Was exciting to see results immediately. Thanks Joe for all the work putting this together.

  • Irma Furnish
    This was a great meet up -- information was presented in an easy-to-understand manner. Joe did an excellent job at teaching us how to set custom white balance.

Summary: 
White Balance is a fundamental photography concept, but it's often not discussed -- or discussed incorrectly -- in many fast-paced "Introduction to Photography" classes. Photos are sometimes too "orange" or too "blue". This is often caused by selecting the wrong white balance setting, or using Auto mode. We use the camera's "White Balance" settings to compensate for the off-color, ambient lighting. And in some cases, we use "customized" white balance settings.
One-on-One: 
$169.00
Group (20 ppl): 
$35.00
Instructor: 
Joe Lippeatt
Bring to Class: 
Camera, lens(es), paper & pen, enthusiasm!
Provided: 

Class Notes. FREE "White Balance Lens Cap" so you can start using CUSTOM white balance during class!

Length: 
2-3 Hours
Group Classes Available at: 
Skill Level Needed: 
Beginner - New to DSLR Photography, shoot only in Auto Mode
Intermediate - Owns a DSLR and understands some basics such as Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO
Advanced - Significant understanding of DSLR photography

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