I love how the weekly I heart faces photo challenges force me to grow as a hobby photographer and I especially appreciate learning from other photographers who stop by my blog to offer constructive feedback.
Today’s post is a result of white balance suggestions made by Patrick on my previous “i heart beef” blog entry. What I was trying to learn was the best lighting and composition for taking a beef photo. Not a typical photo subject for me but, nonetheless, the challenge still gave me an opportunity to improve my skills.
Here are two photos, both taken outside (I don’t have a studio so I opt for natural light and I prefer not to use flash), the first one using the the “cloudy” WB setting (5000KB) on my Nikon D5000 and the second one taken with the “house” WB setting (3400KB.)
I submitted the photo taken with 5000KB WB because I thought it was more important to highlight the beef by giving the bread more bokeh and I thought the color of the beef might pop more against a cooler background. In the 3400KB WB photo, the overall photo is warmer but, I thought the bread was too prominent since it was in focus. After reading Patrick’s comments in my previous post, I’m wondering now if I should have submitted the 3400KB for the photo challenge. What do you think?
I don’t aspire to be a food photographer but, this photo challenge gave me an exercise in composition, lighting, and making the color brown pop. Thanks for stopping by my blog and I hope some of you learn a few things along with me on my shutterbug journey! And, thank you again to all of you that offer tips and advice!