Okay, perhaps that title is unnecessarily long, but it is what it is.
For this assignment, Tim and Lauren ventured through the Antarctic like terrain that was Columbia, Mo. last week and photographed various things in different (sometimes totally and completely horrible) lighting conditions with different (sometimes horribly incorrect) white balances.
I knew what white balance was and how to change it on my camera prior to doing this assignment, but I’m going to go ahead and be honest: I never really gave it that much thought. It was always that thing that’d I’d strive to do correctly, but I also had a sort of “ehhhh, I can just fix it later” lazy attitude toward it. I’m not proud of that, but here I am taking this class with the intention of no longer treating white-balance like that.
So here’s how it went:
We went to the library and made our way to West Stacks.
*Side note: can we just all take a minute and recognize how the west stacks looks like a dungeon meant to trap students until they slowly die?
I’m just saying.
Okay, back to the story. So, Lauren and Tim searched the stacks for the book, while I pretended to read the spines of books and to make it seem like I was helping. Yeah, I don’t know how to use the dewey decimal system. Sue me.
After we found the book and followed the instructions, we realized we’d have to shoot under the disgusting florescent lighting in the West Stacks. Great.
Eh. (white fluorescent)
Then as Lauren did her shots, Tim and I got bored and this happened.
Off to visit Beetle Bailey.
Tim decides to make it snow. (sunlight)
Tim force feeds Beetle Bailey. Rude. (white fluorescent)
Sensual Tim. (tungsten)
After freezing in the cold and complaining about it for roughly 15 minutes, we grabbed lunch and headed to the shack. Tim and Lauren don’t trust me with knives so I had to settle with photographing someone else’s carving handiwork at the shack.
Things I learned from this assignment:
- Columbia is really cold in January omg.
- Tim cannot smile in photos
- Also, your white balance really matters so just look around at your surroundings and adjust the setting accordingly.