Following on from the previous exercise, take three images and for each one vary the white balance to daylight/sunlight setting; shade setting; and auto while balance.
I found that the shade setting to be a more pronounced colour than I was expecting as it added a very rich, warm orange glow. In some cases such as the tree trunk, it was quite nice and replicated golden light from the end of the day. The daylight was a nice balance that added warmth but was more subtle than the full shade balance. I was most surprised by the auto white balance. It’s quite easy to just have the camera on auto, but I found through this direct comparison that it was a very cool, neutral tone that seemed to be blue tinged in some conditions such as the image of the tree trunk. It made me more aware of not leaving the white balanced to auto and to take into consideration the lighting conditions and choosing what I feel is most appropriate at that time. Since writing this, I’ve been out with the camera on a cloudy day where the light was very flat and where my images with the auto white balance didn’t have any punch to them, or tones in the lighter areas such as the grey sky, when I switched the white balance to cloudy, it added extra depth and colour so a photographers judgement is needed to ensure that the camera is set up for each requirement as it reduces the need to undertake as much post processing.
Light at the end of the day- Auto WB
Light at the end of the day- Daylight WB
Light at the end of the day- Shade WB
Midday Sun- Auto WB
Midday Sun- Daylight WB
Midday Sun- Shade WB
Shade- Auto WB
Shade- Daylight WB
Shade- Shade WB