I am taking an introductory photography class at Showcase School of Photography, and today was my first class. It was fun to be a true student again. It’s not that I have not had countless classes, training sessions, and professional development over the last several years as a teacher, but every one of those classes or sessions has related to my career. Today I was a learner in a class unrelated to teaching for the first time in YEARS! How refreshing. 🙂
I learned a lot of technical information in my class today related to my DSLR camera and how it functions. The coolest thing I learned was about white balance. I have always wondered why pictures I take inside always look so yellow – now I know! My white balance was wrong. White balance refers to “removing unrealistic color casts” from a photo, and it needs to be adjusted according to the source of light on your subject. Here are pictures I took with three different white balance settings. I was amazed when I saw what a difference it makes to set this correctly!
White balance set on auto:
White balance set for shade:
White balance set for incandescent indoor light:
The third picture is supposed to be the best one, I think, but I also like the first. It could be that auto worked better with the afternoon light coming in the window. Who knows? But I am excited to have learned something new today that I will use now whenever I take a picture.
A small realization: many of my students have the wonderful habit of thanking me at the end of each class. Like every day. I was surprised the first time a middle schooler did that, but it happens so regularly now that, sadly, I barely notice it. Today, I realized when I got in my car after class that I had adopted my students’ custom of thanking the teacher! They have taught me well!