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What You Need to Know about White Balance In Your Photos

White Balance is one of the most critical settings that we have to get our colors right, it is a core concept for every photographer to learn. Right up there with Exposure Theory and how to get swamp smell out of your truck upholstery (that might just be a “me” issue…). But, it is an often misunderstood concept, used incorrectly it can make your colors look strange, dull, or unreal. Fortunately, it is a setting we can easily adjust in camera and in the digital darkroom.

If you are unfamiliar with the White Balance setting on your camera, now is a good time to grab it and its manual. Make sure you know how to change this setting, it’s usually indicated by a WB button. Don’t worry, I’ll wait for you to get back…

So, What is White Balance in Photography?
The short answer is: “the white balance setting helps get the colors in your images as accurate as possible by removing color casts in your photos”.

Photographers take photos at all times of day, in all types of light. In different lighting and conditions, white light can seem more reddish/yellowish or sometimes more bluish/greenish. This is called “color cast”. In bright unfiltered daylight, white looks white to your eyes and in your photos. But, depending on what is creating the light and what that light has interacted with before it hits your subject, these color casts will skew the colors in your photos.

Normally, we don’t really notice these color casts, as our eyes and brain are constantly adjusting to them. When we see something that is white, we don’t notice if the white is a little yellowish or a little bluish in different lighting. We just think, “Hey, that’s white”. But, our camera’s sensor doesn’t have the same capabilities that our eyes do to compensate for shifts in color. It is just capturing information from its sensor, recording the proportions of red, blue, and green of the light that strikes each pixel. We really don’t notice the warmth or coolness of light unless we train our eyes to do so. However, these color shifts become pretty obvious when viewed later in our images.

Healthy Living – Three Important Health Tests

Constant assessment of your health is a must if you want to live a long and disease free life. Sadly, many people are not taking the time to have the assessments carried before they run into serious health problems: full-blown health issues that could have been avoided.

Fortunately, by educating yourself on the health tests you should be taking, you can have a better idea of which tests to get done to optimize your well-being. Let us go over three such tests so you can ask your doctor about them at your next check-up…

1. EKG or ECG. Chances are, you have heard of an EKG or ECG. This test is often associated with those people who are experiencing serious medical emergencies or are having a heart health scare. An EKG will reveal if there are any problems with your heart’s electrical system. But, an EKG can also be used for preventative purposes as well.

In this test, the heart’s activity is represented as a line tracing on graph paper. The spikes and dips in the tracings are divided into sections and show how your heart is working. Your results will be compared to a normal heart graph and any abnormal rhythms showing poor blood flow will be revealed and then be able to be treated.

Get tested now so you know if you are at risk and can then start taking steps to help negate the risk.

2. Colorectal Cancer Screening. Cancer is a devastating disease and sadly, one that impacts many. Colorectal cancer is one of the leading forms of cancer affecting many people and often comes without any obvious signs or symptoms. Although alternating diarrhea and constipation and abdominal pain are some of the signs, along with blood in the feces, they are brushed off as being a part of living.

It is often fatal in 90% of cases, so not one you want to come down with. Early screening is going to be key as if polyps are found early, they can be removed before developing into full-blown cancer.

3. Lipid Profile. Finally, make sure you schedule a routine blood test at least every 12 months to get your lipids checked. From these results, you can determine your risk for the metabolic syndrome, which is a condition characterized by…

elevated blood pressure readings,
high cholesterol levels, as well as
insulin resistance.
If you are diagnosed with the metabolic syndrome, you will be at a higher risk for conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes if you are not suffering from these already.
So keep these three tests in mind and ask your doctor about being checked out. It is always better to be on the safe side.

Why It Is Important to Accept Others As They Are

Attempting to change others and the world at large will call in for a huge hue and cry. The only person you can change is yourself and you can set an example for others. No arguments, no ill talk, no hard feelings – nothing at all for this to work out. Read on for highlights.

It is important to accept others as they are. Why? Because when you try to change others, they become aggressive and heated arguments follow.

How can you actually tune them to your way of thinking and your good habits? There is a way. By coaxing and persuading.

Just as you would like to coax and tame a wild and rowdy horse, in the same manner you use these skills to tune others to your way of thinking and change their ways for good.

But remember if you lack the above skills, do not try to change others. It is so much graceful and vital to let others be themselves while you accept them as they are.

There is a lot to learn from others. Pick up the good in others while you filter out the bad. Now that is wise and candid of you. Yes, it is the right thing to do.

Always show appreciation for others instead of finding their minor faults which you must overlook. In this itself there is charm and grace which entices other people to you.

Having people’s support for you on a mission or cause you would like is a great asset itself. You encourage each other and work for the mission or cause together.

You will know who are like-minded and who are not. Reject gradually those who are not. That way you do not need to change others but accept them as they are to your own benefit and advantage.

Summing up, never try to change others harshly because it never works. Rather accept them as they are. We are all in a delicate equilibrium because of our ways of thinking, ideas and habits. When we try to change others, the equilibrium breaks and we hurt others including ourselves.

Other than the fact that you have good persuasion and coaxing skills, remember you can only use these skills to fine tune others to your ways of thinking, your elegant habits and behavior. If you do not have these skills, it is so much better and wise to let others remain as they are while you adapt to any situation or environment they are in and their ways.