Another new image for my portfolio – an interior photography image all about the white balance - all because of the mix of artificial and natural light.
I am trying to capture and produce interesting light. This is an example of this. Does the image work? Not sure to be honest.
Not sure this will make my final portfolio set.
What I was trying to show in this post was the natural light coming in through the roof light at the back, combined with the artificial light in the room.
Artificial and natural light = white balance issues. Mixed light sources provide a challenge.
Shooting in RAW allows me to fix this particular problem in Lightroom. I always shoot in RAW using my Canon 6D. ANd for this shot I used my Canon 17-40mm lens.
I tried auto white balance first, which did not look great. So went for custom white balance, and clicked on the wall where the daylight is streaming in through the window. And that is what I went with. This simple adjustment gave me the white balance I remember experiencing in the room. So no more to do with that little problem.
It doesn’t always go like this though – sometimes you get lighting which is just impossible to fix. I have thought about buying a colour checker, but find that my grey card (which is literally a grey card representing 18% grey), shooting in RAW, having a calibrated monitor, the power of Lightroom and my eyes are enough between them to get white balance right.
I have had only a couple of instances where I could not get the white balance correct in an image. Do you have problems with getting your white balance correct?
Apart from where I just got it wrong. Mainly through my own lack of knowledge and experience. I had the tools there, and managed the image capture.
White balance is a technical issue that seems to attract lots of debate and discussion about how best to achieve a correct white balance in an image. This is after all the starting point for any colour image. If the white balance is not right the colours wont ever be right.
When I am trying to get a particular colour cast, feel or vibe I still always start from an image with the correct white balance, making a virtual copy and then playing with the copy.
Another of those fantastic features in Lightroom.
Back to the image. This was a basement bedroom, and I was drawn to the colours, textures and the light.
I carried out the following basic corrections in Lightroom (in this order as well!)
- White balance
- Corrected the verticals
Then added a vignette
Then went into Photoshop and removed some access panels, speakers in the ceilings, dust sensor spots and bad plastering!
I used the lasso tool, content aware fill and clone stamp tool. And finally I removed the marks in the carpet from where thing shad been stored.
And this is how I produced this image, which I photographed for the architect upon completion of construction and prior to installation of furniture in the room.
I will do a black and white version of this later and will post this and explain what I did in my favourite black and white conversion software.
Thanks for reading this post, and please call back tomorrow (or this afternoon if I get my act together!) to my blog for the next image in my photography portfolio.
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Thursday 18th August 2016