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Principles Of Art & Design

Lecture & Vocabulary

Many cameras and Smartphones use symbols to describe the type of White Balance setting you should switch to for the proper correction. 

Sketchbook Activity

How to Draw The Figure in Perspective - Foreshortening

S8 - DAY ONE - Photography - Understanding White Balance

What is White Balance? You may not have heard this term before, but it pops up from time to time in your pictures whether it's your Smartphone or the most professional of camera systems. Here are a few points to ponder:

  • Have you ever taken a picture indoors without a flash and it looks too yellow?

  • What about taking a picture outside on a cloudy day and it's too blue?

  • If you took a picture in this classroom right now without a flash, it may come out too blue, green, or red.. why do you think it would?

These scenarios occur because your white balance wasn't properly set or because you didn't use a flash. An on-camera flash is balanced to white, so it casts no strange color, but the existing or "ambient" light in a room has color to it, causing you to adjust your settings. Here is the "technical definition":

White balance (WB) is the process of removing unrealistic color casts, so that objects which appear white in person are rendered white in your photo.  Proper camera white balance has to take into account the "color temperature" of a light source, which refers to the relative warmth or coolness of white light.  Our eyes are very good at judging what is white under different light sources, however digital cameras often have great difficulty with auto white balance (AWB).


An incorrect WB can create unsightly blue, orange, or even green color casts, which are unrealistic and particularly damaging to portraits.  Performing WB in traditional film photography requires attaching a different cast-removing filter for each lighting condition, whereas with digital this is no longer required. Understanding digital white balance can help you avoid color casts created by your camera's AWB, thereby improving your photos under a wider range of lighting conditions. 

In Photography, color temperature is measured in Kelvin degrees, similar to a thermometer temperature

Sign-Out Activity

Game Design.


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Students must be prepared to make a major commitment. It is our assumption that students entering the program are here to lay a foundation for a career in a design field and will be required to meet rigorous and stringent standards. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, are required as is the ability to read and analyze. Serious students will find that the program will provide them with an excellent opportunity to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the job market or advance in education. _Most of the students graduating from the program _continue their education.


Steve Bross

Commercial Art Instructor



Central Montco Technical High School

821 Plymouth Road

Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462



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