Using White balance for creative effect:

Above are two versions (two interpretations) of the same photo, the left hand side is taken with tungsten white balance and the right on Auto white balance.  Tungsten WB  turns the white light source to blue.

Here I have used artificial light, two flash one gelled blue on the background,  the other gelled orange to make it the same colour and temperature as tungsten light.  Set the camera to Tungsten white balance and the tungsten gel, which is orange turns the flash to white and makes the blue background light bluer still.

Above is another example, this time with natural light in the background and flash gelled for fluorescent light on Vicky.  The gel turns the light green but when I change the camera to fluorescent white balance this makes the green light white.  What is actually white light in the background becomes magenta coloured.

Above is a similar example this time with the light source gelled to orange, and the camera set to tungsten white balance.  This turns the orange light to white and turns white light to blue, the colour on the right side of Vicky’s face is caused by natural daylight from a window behind her.

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HOW I GOT HERE Of course, I wasn’t always a full time photographer. I spent a lot of time in the corporate world. I had a job which paid well, but just didn’t excite me. I remember the day when I had had enough. Enough of selling myself short, enough of dreaming too small, enough of doing what others expected of me. I had put away my dreams and told myself I would get back to them later, but somehow there always seemed to be something else that had to get done first. A friend of mine had recommended I take the NLP Business Practitioners course, and although I was really busy, I decided to do it. During that time, I began to imagine the different paths my life could take from here. While I had a hazy picture of what this other life might look like, I had a clear picture of where my current life was going if I didn’t change. It was a scary moment, a bit like standing on the edge of a cliff deciding whether to jump into the great unknown or stay on the cliff, safe but trapped. I jumped. The transition to the life I wanted was challenging The transition to the life I wanted was challenging but I would never go back. After that day I resolved to do what I love, to follow my bliss.  Picking up a camera after several years away, I found that many things had changed, the digital age had arrived. In the intervening years, I was too busy to pay any attention to my photography, and occasionally when I took something I really liked, I would think “how do some photographs seem so captivating and others leave me completely cold?” I knew this is what I was meant to do Somehow though, I knew this is what I was meant to do. I dedicated myself to learning everything I could about being a photographer. I took many, many courses and I read every book I could get my hands on, I still do. Since then, I have dedicated myself to helping other creative photographers achieve the results they want. And what a journey it has been. Last year I qualified as a coach. My main area of interest is creativity and helping others to express their vision. WHAT I BELIEVE Along the way, I’ve learnt that there are no rules. Experiment, explore, play. My advice is to make your art from your heart, not for the praise or the money.  Lighten up. It’s important to take your photography seriously, but it's a mistake to take yourself too seriously. Finally, you get what you want when you never, ever give up so enjoy every minute of it and just do it!
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