WB (white balance) is one of the main reasons your landscape shots don’t look like the pros… say Michael Frye for example.
(Who btw has a new book out called Craft & Vision which is available as a PDF download for $5 – $4 if the promo code found on his site still works. Now how could Santa go wrong for $5? Really. Michael works in Lightroom but the information applies to all photo editing software and is easily transferred.)
Michael also has issued some online videos about how to use the white balance controls. He sets the cameras WB to auto and then makes adjustments based on what he wants to accomplish in software.
Why is this such a big deal? Why not just shoot in JPG format and let the camera set everything for you?
There are times when I shoot in JPG mode (when I’m shooting for the web or a client’s slideshow where I edit a bunch of images shot earlier in the day for screening at a dinner or other gathering later that night) and so long as there are no weird lighting situations (like florescent lights in an office or sodium lights in a factory) then JPG’s AWB (auto white balance) usually can handle the shot. BUT, and it’s a BIG but: But when we shoot in JPG we can’t change much especially white balance in the digital darkroom. In JPG mode the adjustments are permanent and can’t be modified.
So now we come back to Michael Frye who shoots landscapes that are stunning.
And where does much of that “stunning” look come from? IMHO it’s because Michael takes the time to manually adjust his WB to bring out all the subtle colours in his images. Any of us can learn how to shoot in RAW and then use our RAW editing software (Lightroom, Photoshop, Capture NX2, Aperture) to do the same.
So Michael can show us how and, best of all, Michael teaches using simple terms and language that we can all understand.
So here are the videos which are on the Outdoor Photographer Blog site. The quality of the video is a little soft but it’s perfectly useable and Michael is so good at explaining what he’s doing you won’t have any issues following along.
And standby for a part three.