Judging colour temperature (two)

For this exercise I am to decide what correction a scene needs, if any at all. I am to take three images of the same scene, but for each one vary the cameras white balance setting. I am to take one on daylight/sunlight WB, a second on the shade WB setting and the third on auto.

I will compare the three versions, note the differences that I see and which white balance setting I prefer. See my images below.

IMG_3450 sunlight

IMG_3449 shade

IMG_3448 auto

The first set of images – In sunlight with sunlight WB, shade WB and auto WB

I can notice some differences in the photographs shown above. The image taken with setting – sunlight white balance, looks as it did on the day, a more realistic image. The photograph with  setting – shade white balance, has made the ground colour look a lot more bright, and has made the sky look more dull with a slightly orange hue to the photograph. The image with setting – auto white balance, looks very similar to the first, the sunlight white balance, although has made the ground colour slightly hazy. In this case the photograph which I prefer would be the shot taken with sunlight white balance, as it has a more warm feeling to the image.

IMG_3478 sunlight

IMG_3477 shade

IMG_3476 auto

Second set of images – In shade with sunlight WB, shade WB and auto WB

Again, I can see some differences in these sets of images. The image taken with setting – sunlight white balance, again, looks as though it did on the day whilst being stood in that particular place. The image with setting – shade white balance looks a lot brighter than it did at the time, I think this may be to compensate for the lack of light. The image with setting – auto white balance (I’ve found compared with the other image taken in sunlight) the colours look a lot cooler in tone. The image that I prefer would be the image taken with the shade white balance setting, I feel it looks a lot brighter and more detail can be seen, this could be because the correct white balance is being used here therefore making the image look more appealing overall.

IMG_3579 Sunlight

IMG_3578 Shade

IMG_3577 Auto

Third set of images – In sunlight whilst the sun is close to the horizon with sunlight WB, shade WB and auto WB

The third set of images, I feel have a much more dramatic change compared with the other two sets of images. I like all three images here. The sunlight white balance photo, I would say was more true to the reality of what the setting actually looked like. The shade setting looks a lot warmer, and compared with the first set of images, has an almost orange hue to it. The auto setting has made the scene seem a lot cooler and more blue tones are coming through here. Out of all three images I prefer the image set on shade white balance. I feel it gives the photograph a much warmer feel, although I do feel that they all work as separate images.

 

 

 

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