Improve your food iPhoneography with the Camera+ white balance lock

By , Jan 5, 2013

iPhone Photography Series

If you remember our last lesson in iPhone Photography, we learned a bit about white balance and how to control it using KitCam. In that lesson I mentioned using Camera+ as an app to control white balance. I thought in today’s lesson we would extend our understanding and take a look at Camera+’s way.

In our last lesson, we looked at controlling white balance by setting the appropriate light source that was illuminating the scene (i.e. sunlight, fluorescent light, incandescent light, etc…) . With Camera+ we do it a little differently…

Have you ever used Camera+ and wondered what the WB lock icon is all about? It does what the name implies. It locks the white balance setting! If you lock it, it will apply the same white balance setting to all your photographs until it is unlocked, even if the light source changes.

So how or why would we use this feature? In our previous lesson I showed you how to use different white balance setting to enhance sunsets. But what if you don’t know what the light source is, or you want to fine tune it a bit. Knowing that there a lot of foodies out there who love to share their meals on IG, I figured it would be a good idea to show you a little trick that will make the colors of your dinner accurate.

The way the white balance lock works in Camera+ is pretty simple. I’ll show you how it works with a seasonally appropriate cup of hot coco.

Let’s fire up Camera+ and get ready to take a photo.

Step 1: Tap the screen to get your focus selector set, then tap the ‘+’ icon to bring up the exposure selector.

Step 2: At this point you can set your focus and exposure by moving the two selectors around.

Step 3: Here’s the trick! The exposure selector serves as both the exposure and white balance selector. You will want to choose a neutral color in the scene (say a white napkin) and then lock the white balance. This is tricky, and it doesn’t always work the first time. Continue to move the exposure selector around until you get an accurate white balance reading. You’ll know when you do once whites look white. Once you do, lock it!

Step 4: Now that you have an accurate white balance set and locked, you can remove the napkin or recompose your photo to make the perfect photo of your food.

Assignment

Alright, now that we have a new tool in our creative tool chest, let’s get out there and use it. By no means to you have to photograph food, but make make sure to tag all your photos with #iDBWBLock. That way we can follow along and see how you are using this creative technique. Have fun in 2013 and keep your creativity flowing my friends!

Close up on some of your work

Here are a few of my favorites pictures of yours that were tagged with the #iDBwhitebalance hashtag on Instagram:

wamid
Photo by @wamid

darkmagik
Photo by @darkmagik

lyra_
Photo by @lyra_

steelcityry
Photo by @steelcityry

Snapseed webinar

I wanted to share some news with you. The good folks at NIK Software (makers or Snapseed) have invited me to share the magic of Snapseed in a special webinar that is totally free! This will be a very unique opportunity for all of us. I will be processing images fresh from a trip to Yucatan. It should be fun and I hope to see you there.

The webinar is Jan 29th at 10am PST and is totally free, but you must register since it is limited to 1000 participants.

Click Here To Register

Justin Balog is an award winning photographer and film maker. You can follow is daily creative adventures at HOSSedia.com or learn more about iPhone Photography in his iBook ‘Big World Little Lens‘. Click Here for the iPad Version. You can buy the PDF version of the eBook here. To find out more about Justin, follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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  • iPhone5&sgs2

    Amazing pictures

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000859875204 Jairo Enrique Duque Escobar

    Great article. I use a lot Camera+ on my iPhone5, is amazing!

  • maurid

    All the pictures look the same to me, with just some nice effects added to them. Maybe I don’t have an eye for “art” pieces like these, but that’s what I think.

    Don’t hate me.

  • Mark de Vocht

    Don’t forget, CameraTweak, your favorite jailbreak tweak, also has a white balance lock option ;)

  • chjode

    This is a great article. I’d love to see more of these in-depth articles on iDB. I also really enjoyed Jeff’s article a few weeks back on why he doesn’t use a case on his iPhone. Good stuff, folks!

  • http://twitter.com/Illy_the_cat Illy

    I was just going to say exactly the same thing!