An Experiment with Live View and White Balance

Months ago I made the switch to using Kelvin when setting my white balance. I found it much more effective at determining the correct white balance for my photographs. Still, it wasn’t always 100%. But the other day, I was reading a photography article and one sentence…almost a throw-away line…jumped out at me. It spoke of using Live View to determine white balance.

Wait. What?? How do I do that exactly? About 30 seconds later, I’d figured it out: Go into Live View, click on White Balance button on controls, select Kelvin and adjust with scroller until live image looks the way you want it to look. Snap photo. Voila!

These were all taken using that method and no white balance adjustments were needed. Weehaw!

Froggy and Maya images processed with VSCO (Fuji-FP 100c)

FroggyWP-1

MayaWP-1

Nina – Pretty much straight out of camera, with minor tweaks. No white balance adjustment needed.

NinaWP-2

Baby Doll Surgery

I bought a baby doll at Walmart to use for posing practice. However, Baby Doll had some limitations. Her stuffing, which made her soft and great for cuddling, was not conducive to posing.

I could not curl her into any of the traditional poses I needed to practice.

Her neck, torso, arms and legs were just not very flexible.  For instance, in the shots above and below, her hands need to be under her chin.  This was about as curly as I could get her.

Even using a wrap didn’t give me the womb-like curl of a newborn.

The simple solution was to do a little “surgery” on Baby Doll. I removed her stuffing, except for below her knees and elbows and replaced it with about three pounds of rice.  Success!  I now have have a more “life-like” and pose-able stand-in.

Whee!