I’ve mentioned before that one of the things I want to do is learn more about Photoshop and specifically, photo editing. I’d also like to learn more about how to use my camera, a Sony Alpha-100. The other day I was just playing and figured out how to use the Custom White Balance setting, and tonight managed to take 2 pictures that very vividly demonstrate what that can do for you.
Backstory, or…why I took pictures of a sock on a keyboard:
My Mom’s Old Computer is going to become my Aunt’s New Computer, and I needed to clean some stuff off of it and see if I could make it not be so stinking slow. Interestingly enough, simply uninstalling Trend Micro anti-virus seems to have done the trick as far as speeding things up…
As I was sitting and waiting and waiting and waiting for it to do things I suddenly thought HEY! While I sit here I could be knitting! And I am now wishing that all those years ago when I actually worked with computers for a living and spent HOURS of my life waiting for them to do things, I could have been KNITTING. Just think how much knitting I could have gotten done!!!
And now the pictures:
First picture taken using the Night mode on my camera. The color is WAY off. (No flash, just the overhead light).
The only thing I changed for this picture was setting the Custom White Balance, using the white countertop as the white reference point and voila:
Like night and day, isn’t it?
I didn’t do any further editing of the pictures, just resized them for the Internet.
If you are wondering what on Earth I mean by White Balance, here is a tutorial I just found that explains it much more clearly than I could:
Understanding White Balance (even if you just click over and read the first paragraph, you’ll get the idea)
What I know about photography could fit in a thimble, and I hope to at least expand that up to a mug by the end of the year. I’ll try not to bore you too much in the process, but I’m such a geek that stuff like this really tickles me.
(And look! I’m on the heel flap of my sock! Isn’t it purty??)