Category Archives: color

taking photographs in a hospital

I love taking photographs of a newborn baby in the hospital. I usually just take one camera, my 50mm 1.2 lens and my 100mm 2.8 macro lens. I also throw in my white balance target because hospital lighting is different. (You can get your own white balance target online here.) The light in a hospital room often feels colder, sometimes even a bit blue. And I usually have to set my ISO somewhat high cause it’s not usually real bright unless I’m right by a window.

This was this little baby boy’s second day in the world. I think it’s pretty special to be able to document moments like these. :)

My manual camera settings for the picture below were:
ISO – 2500
shutter – 1/160
aperture – F 3.2
lens – 50mm 1.2
camera body – canon’s 5D markII

My manual camera settings for the picture below were:
ISO – 3200
shutter – 1/160
aperture – F2.8
lens – 50mm 1.2
camera body – canon’s 5D markII

My manual camera settings for the picture below were:
ISO – 2500
shutter – 1/320
aperture – F 2.8
lens – 50mm 1.2
camera body – canon’s 5D markII

Want to learn more about photographing babies?

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white balance

Have you heard the term white balance? What is white balance? Have you ever seen pictures that appear to be too blue (“cold”) or too orange (“warm”)? The white balance is likely off.

Here’s an unofficial definition of white balance from my little definitions page
White balance: Sometimes an image can look too blue or too orange, in these cases the white balance is off. The white balance is what creates the realistic color cast for your image. Just remember with accurate white balance, white color in real life should look white in a picture.

I happen to use a white balance target to create custom white balance in many situations. Not in all situations. But in many. In real, normal life… the part of life that includes swim lessons, birthday parties, bike riding, etc, I choose to use “auto white balance”. But in those times when I have an extra couple of minutes, I choose custom white balance. Here is a before picture of some white papers under some indoor tungsten lighting…

white balance

Then, I take a picture of my white balance target in order to show my camera what white looks like in this particular lighting situation…

white balance target

And… then after changing a couple of settings in my camera (open your manual to see how to set custom white balance), then here’s the same shot in the same lighting…

white balance

Closer to true white. Right?

more color and contrast in photography

Color. love.
Contrast. Also, really love. Check them out here.
A smiley and cute little miss, also really adds to the picture… a lot. :)

color and contrast in photography

color and contrast in photography

color and contrast in photography

More contrasting colors in your pictures (green shirt against red brick, pops a bit). It just makes it appealing to the eye. Love it. And he is not completely centered in the image but rather leaning toward the right third of the picture. Which again, would lend itself to the rule of thirds. Check that composition tip out here.

Here are my manual settings for this shot:
ISO –250 (bright sunny day but in full shade)
shutter speed – 1/800
aperture – 2.8
lens – 50mm 1.2L