- August 2, 2017 at 10:00 pm #24915
1. Using K for White Balance in Camera. While doing a product shoot today with studio lights and a white back drop, I found myself wrestling with the WB. I ended up just shooting in Auto WB, even after experimenting with customized K. Are there any good rules of thumb for figuring out a specialized white balance?
2. As a photographer who posts on a blog, what are the legal implications for posting pictures of others, especially minors? Do I need written consent forms or is there a general legal standard? A long time ago I seem to remember hearing you didn’t need to ask anyone over 18, but I’m not sure that’s correct! 🙂
Any input welcome!!August 3, 2017 at 10:46 pm #24947
I am also interested in the answers to these questions! 🙂August 4, 2017 at 3:16 pm #24952
Same here! 😀August 4, 2017 at 5:13 pm #24957
Wow, great questions @melaniethomsen. A few followup questions:
What type of lights were you using as your main lights? Were there multiple sources of light that may have been different in color? What camera did you shoot with? Were you shooting in RAW?
And I’m really going to have to do some research on that second question for tomorrow’s webinar!August 4, 2017 at 8:27 pm #24958
Thanks James. I’d like to know the answer to the second Q 2.August 5, 2017 at 10:01 am #24962
Absolutely, @jamesstaddon. I was using two soft boxes as my primary sources of light. My set up was in our basement, so I had some fluorescent light as well, but it wasn’t directly over the set. However the fluorescent light in our basement seems to be more yellow in hue…or maybe that’s because the paint on the walls is warmer in tone? The set up also had a white backdrop of a tablecloth on top of white poster boards. 🙂
I was shooting with a Canon 7D and a 28-135mm lens. In this shoot I wasn’t shooting in RAW. (Trying to save space on my computer…needing to start planning for some extra external memory! 🙂 )
Here’s a picture I snapped on my phone of the set when it was set up for video (so no table cloth…and yes, highly sophisticated overhead tripod! 🙂 ). Hopefully it’ll give you an idea of the lighting situation!August 5, 2017 at 3:27 pm #24969
Thanks James for answering Q#2. That was very helpful!!August 9, 2017 at 11:09 am #24995
Manual White Balance “K” can be very useful when you’re shooting with fixed lighting, and don’t want to have to edit every single photo just to make the WB right. Here’s a video that explains how to manually set your WB with a Canon 7D.
Obviously he will want you to buy his product to use, but you can be a little creative and find something that will work for getting a sample shot. 🙂 I have an ExpoDisc that I picked up for a song, and never actually used yet. :~)August 18, 2017 at 2:58 pm #25198
Ok everyone, so here are 4 different ways to get the proper white balance:
I find it ironic that the color of the video isn’t the proper white balance….didn’t have my normal light setup. 🙂August 18, 2017 at 2:59 pm #25199September 12, 2017 at 11:02 am #25479
@jamesstaddon, Thanks for your input. Yes, this is very helpful.
A follow up question I’d be interested to get your thoughts on is if you would consider a homeschool convention where you were a vendor to be a ‘public’ place or place of ‘business’? I’m looking to share pictures of people visiting our stall for editorial purposes and am pondering how that would work since I’m not a convention photographer…at one of our last events I just asked the mom if I could use the picture of my sisters and me with one of her daughters. Not only did she agree – she even emailed a picture she’d taken! 🙂 Perhaps it depends on the situation…in that case it was a specific set up…
September 12, 2017 at 11:29 am #25481September 14, 2017 at 6:33 pm #25566
- This reply was modified 1 week ago by Melanie Thomsen.
Hmm, that’s a good, practical follow-up question, @melaniethomsen.
The Convention is particular who it lets in, especially if they are carrying a camera or look to be “press”. They only allowed in folks who had registered properly and had their name badges. This is mainly to keep people who hadn’t paid from coming into a paid-only location, but I think it was also to protect the attendees and block complete strangers off the street from just wandering in. The Convention was not wholly “public”. And as such, much more safe.
However, it was “public” to all those who were attending (and who were vendors). Everyone in attendance had the freedom to take pictures, and everyone in attendance had been notified that there would be pictures taken at the event, so this means that if there was anyone who would not want their picture taken would either not attend the event or need to take on the responsibility of notifying the leadership that they did not want their picture taken during the event. As part of the “leadership” in photography, I can tell you that there have been few (if any) requests of this nature.
The Convention doesn’t like outside press to come in unless they have been invited or have been checked out to make sure what they will take pictures of or report on will be in good standing with what the Convention stands for. That’s how I come in, along with all the other photographers. We are a “Convention approved” group. You are a “Convention approved” vendor. Therefore, I do not think it would be a problem to use your photos from the Convention for editorial purposes.
If you were not a vendor or attendee, the Convention would be “private” to you. But since you are part of the group, it is “public” to you and thus free to use the pictures you took for editorial purposes.
This is my opinion. Please, I’d love to hear what others have to say on this issue who have more experience or education than I!
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