This weeks Project 52 theme is “Warmth”. The timing was impeccable because immediately what was drawn to mind was my recent photo series I’ve been working on “The Gift of Golden Years“. I specifically photographed it with warmth and brown tones to match the title of the series. Initially I gave it so much warmth the white balance was completely off. I eventually ended up correcting the white balance, but it brings up an interesting question. When is it okay to purposefully create photographs with an incorrect white balance? People create photos like this all the time with phone cameras and instagram filters. As a professional, I want my photographs to always be enjoyable — even 10 years from now. To me, that means using the correct white balance as opposed to a dramatic shift in tone that will only be enjoyable for a split second while viewed on social media. Filters are better in the short term, correct coloring is better in the long term. But I could be wrong! What do you think?
Here is the ultra warm photo I was initially going to use in the series:
and here is the corrected version I ultimately used (notice the white patch is more “white” here).
Which do you prefer? I’m already second guessing myself – the first matches the feeling I wanted more, but ultimately I used the second. Now take an hour break and look again. Do you prefer the same one? (doing this often changes my mind!)
View the rest of the photo series here.
And don’t forget to also view the next photographer in the series – Cincinnati pet photographer, Suzi Pix Photography!