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Photography Challenge 85: Nailing White Balance

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Our theme this fortnight at the Photoh groups was 'Nailing White Balance'.

White balance is a setting that tells your camera how it should capture the white tones of a photo. If the white balance is too 'warm', the whites in the image will have a yellowy-orange cast on them, whereas a too 'cool' setting will mean the photo has a blue tinge on the white tones.

This was a touch challenge! We asked you to demonstrate how you could set the white balance correctly, particularly in tricky light situations such as under artificial light or in the shade.

You can see all of the competition entries here on the Photoh Facebook page .

Judging is now only done for first and second place winners only. Any feedback on images can be sought in our Facebook groups during Critique Me Tuesday, both before and after the competitions, just be sure to tag the instructor in each group, who is identified each Tuesday night.

The finalists this fortnight are:

Karen Smith, Adelaide


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Terry O'Hagan, Brisbane


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Glenn Cockerton, Melbourne


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Michelle Kennedy, Perth


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Alan Coligado, Sydney


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The winner this fortnight is...Glenn Cockerton from Melbourne! Congratulations Glenn, you have won a $100 JB Hifi voucher!
Glenn's photograph is full of different layers and pockets of coloured, artificial light mixed with natural light. This is a pretty tricky concoction of colours and tones to work with!
We love the outcome, and how Glenn has captured a brief glimpse into the shop windows and lives of the people in front of the camera.

And in second place we have...Karen Smith from Adelaide, who has won a $50 JB Hifi voucher!
Fluorescent light is one of the hardest lighting conditions to photograph in, but Karen has captured this tunnel really well, and used a white balance setting that represents the true to life colours.
The composition is also spot on and emphasises the graphics and leading lines of the tunnel.


The theme for next fortnight is Finding a Viewpoint.
A camera is a tool for recording the world around us, and often the viewpoint that we choose to take the photo from can emphasise the message or story that the photo creates.

Think about taking a portrait of someone for example: if we point the camera down at them from above, the person will be made to look smaller, perhaps weak or belittled. However, if you pointed the camera up at them, you could create an impression of power.

There are so many ways to explore new viewpoints in photography, so we're challenging you to get out there with your camera and get creative!

Entries opened on Friday the 15th June and will close on Thursday the 28th June at 23:59 AEST.

To enter, simply do one of the following:
Post your photo on the Photoh Facebook wall stating your city.
Send your entry via Facebook messenger to the Photoh Facebook page
Email your entry to: victoria@photoh.com.au


First prize is a $100 JB Hifi voucher and second prize is a $50 JB Hifi voucher.

Please read our post on the competition rules and guidelines if you'd like more information before submitting a photo. If you have any other questions you can message us or email victoria@photoh.com.au.

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