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6.08.2009

White Balance Tutorial + Card

Custom WB

AWB

Flash WB

White Fluorescent Light WB

Non-Manual Flower Setting with AWB

In response to Lisa Spangler's Scribble This Challenge, I pulled out my Canon XTi, 50mm lens, and 580EX II flash to get started! To be honest, I had to do this challenge THREE times to get it right! Luckily, Mac was around to help during my frustrated phases! My first problem was that I forgot to change my lens to manual focus instead of auto to photograph the white paper. I knew I needed to do this, but I kept thinking about manual settings, not the focus. Once I figured that out, I did the tutorial, only to realize that somehow I photographed everything in RAW...UGH! I did not mean to do that because I only have CS2 on my computer and Mac has the newer version on his. START ALL OVER AGAIN, after asking Mac why my Photoshop isn't opening my files. So, I found out how to change my settings to shoot in jpeg and select the size of files. WOW, I learned more than I thought just trying to do the WB tutorial! So, the last and final time, I customized my WB, used a few pre-set WB settings, and photographed my card about 6 times. I edited my files in Microsoft program because I was mad at Photoshop! I did not do much to them except sharpen them up and add my watermark. So, the photos are pretty much as I shot them with the exception of sharpen a little blurry out.

I was not a big fan of how the photos turned out. It was not because of the WB because they were very bright, but it was my focus that was off. I'm not sure why, but I hope Lisa will cover that sometime in a future tutorial! This was my first time photographing my cards in a manual setting. I usually use the Flower setting, which is an automatic setting (see the last picture). It came out the worse and now I am totally convinced to switch to using manual for here on! Perhaps my ISO was off or something else, but anyway, here's my card and what I learned in my tutorial!

Update on the studio move: It's NOT done! I did go to IKEA and purchase a few furniture must-haves to start the move. IKEA is the best...love that store. I will be returning to pick up some organization pieces after I get the bulk of my stuff moved. I hope to get the pieces assembled tomorrow and then start the move throughout the week. I'm getting more excited since I picked out my new furniture additions, but not really ready to haul items downstairs!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Card Instructions
  1. Trim white cardstock into an A2 card.
  2. Stamp deer on various cardstocks, cut out, then adhere to card front using foam adhesive.
  3. Add rhinestones
  4. Stamp sentiment.
  5. Draw lines/dots.
:: My Goodies {life is AMAZING} ::
Stamps: Colorbok - friendly forest; Technique Tuesday - beautiful collector's edition
Ink: ColorBox - chestnut; Close to My Heart - cranberry; Stampin' Up! - marker
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - white + pure poppy + summer sunrise + ripe avocado; Stampin' Up! - pacific point
Accessories: KaiserCraft - rhinestones

7 comments:

sarahmartina said...

Hey Ashley,
I had THE SAME problem w/the focus on my pictures! I almost didn't post at all, but I figured, it's good to share your learning curve. It proves how far you've come when you improve! :-)

I'm a little jealous that you get to visit IKEA. :( The closest one to us is in Houston, and I think we may take a weekend trip there when school's out. Can't wait to see your *new* studio!

Deanna said...

What a super cute card and awesome information girl!

Stamping Cafe said...

Super duper adorable card and thanks for the information!

Winter said...

Cute card! I really learned a lot from this challenge too! Love the first one the best!

Angie Tieman said...

Fabulous card!! I love the white background and those four precious Bambis!

Godelieve said...

Great card!
Thanks for sharing the settings and your experiences with WB.

Wendy said...

So which one are you going with??? I have a heck of a time with the light on mine and the sharpness!

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