Canon Photography Class

June 29, 2011

Hello friends!

How’s your week been going?  I haven’t been feeling too great these last couple days.  Fingers crossed I start feeling better.

I couldn’t wait to share my photography class with you!  My coworker just happened to stumble upon a free Canon photography class offered at B and C camera store.



We got some awesome swag!  A cute canon bag, pen, and book of the PowerPoint slides.



If you’re interested in learning more about photography (or are just starting out), here are two posts I previously wrote which cover the basics: Photo 101, Photo 201.

Like I have mentioned before, I have a Canon Rebel EOS with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS SLR Lens.


Even as I continue to learn more, I can’t help but be a bit confused. Food photography, I have learned, is all about the lighting.  Which kind of stinks for me since I’m often taking pictures of food in the evening. The biggest recommendation I’ve heard is purchasing a tripod, which will yield a clearer picture.

These babies aren’t cheap.  A girl can dream, can’t she? Winking smile


Since I’ve previously taken a class, I thought I would share some new tips I learned about white balance from this class.

White Balance

White balance is the camera’s attempt at making any light source appear the same color as daylight.  On your camera settings, you are able to adjust the white balance accordingly to your light source.

Auto White Balance- Camera reads each scene and adjusts automatically to deliver good overall color.

Daylight- Camera expects white light equivalent to mid-day sun, and locks-in its color response to properly render this light.

Cloudy- Camera corrects for added “cool” tones of overcast skies by adding some amber to each scene.

Shade- Strong amber correction, to overcome the excessive blue tones seen in deep shade on a clear day.

Tungsten- Light from normal light bulb has a yellow-orange cast; camera puts more blue into images to compensate.

Fluorescent- Light from a fluorescent bulb has a greenish cast. Camera attempts to put more magenta or pink into images to balance.

Flash- Similar to daylight setting, but with a touch more amber to correct the cool look of flash

Custom- This is custom set to existing light. It is often the most accurate WB setting to use in critical situations, if you have time to set it up.



White balance is one of the settings I struggle with the most.  I often use tungsten light when shooting indoors.  I’d like to get more comfortable using custom settings to ensure a higher quality image.

Custom White Balance

This is the most precise method of white balance control. You first have to take a test shot, in the same light you want to take the actual pictures in. The test shot must have something might or neutral gray in the center of the shot.

  • Take a test shot of white or neutral colored object. Be sure it’s same lighting you want to photograph in.
  • Take test picture
  • Open the Shooting menu and navigate to Custom WB and press Set.
  • Depending on camera, set image you just shot.
  • Press WB button and select custom white balance.
  • Take pictures!

I have a gray card that I purchased at a camera store. For some reason, I’ve been struggling with being able to snap a picture of it.  My camera is stubborn and won’t cooperate.  Of course, it’s not me. Open-mouthed smile

Any tips you have for getting the right color to your photos?

Check out this great link of food photography tips.  Wouldn’t you know, using natural lighting is key. Winking smile

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What is your favorite piece of photography advice?

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