#TheDress

We've all seen it by now, right?  #thedress ?

Just in case you don't know what I'm talking about ... there is a picture of a dress floating around social media.  Someone posted it and asked if you saw this dress as gold and white or black and blue.  Families everywhere flipped out.  

I hadn't seen the picture yet before my husband walked into the kitchen.  He asked me, "what color is this dress?" and I said truthfully, "it's white and gold ..... ".  Immediately he says, "no it's not - it's black and blue.  I don't know where you'd see white AT ALL!"  And then conversation continued all night.  What in the world??

Lots of posts have been and are being created as to why you see what you see.  I am not a scientist .. I am a photographer.  So this post is a little bit different.

Have you ever heard of white balance?  If you're not familiar with the science behind photography (okay, maybe there's a little bit scientist in me ;) ), you might not have ever heard of this.  White balance is the color balance in a digital camera.  It adjusts the colors so that white is white.  Often times, when I'm adjusting the white balance in my camera, I'm basically telling my camera, "THIS is white" and it adjusts all colors based on that information.

So all day, I saw this dress as white and gold.  Then a photographer friend of mine suggested, hey change the white balance.  You'll see it as the real dress should be seen.  So I did.  It didn't surprise me that NOW I saw the dress as black and blue - I knew the white balance would correct that for me.  What I didn't expect is that NOW I see the dress as black and blue on unadjusted images on the web.  But I'm sure there's a whole other explanation about my eyes that I just can't explain to you, so I won't go there (or more honestly, I can't go there :) )

Moral of the story?  I correct my white balance at every photo shoot.  And then when you order prints from me, my lab color double checks my work by color correcting the images if needed, making sure that white is white.  So that with Hartstein Photography, we should be seeing the same thing every time ;) !  One more way I love to serve you - making your images look great.

Image: The image on the left is UNTOUCHED - exactly as I found it on Facebook.  The image to the right has had the white balance corrected, so that white is white and all other colors are corrected.  Do you see it any differently now??

Andrea Hartstein of Hartstein Photography is a leading birth photographer in Michiana, along the border of Michigan and Indiana.  Know someone who is having expecting a baby?  While specializing in birth photography, Hartstein Photography has sessions for maternitynewborn and baby photography sessions available, too. 


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WOW - I just came back to this post, and the image looks JUST like I saw it yesterday - white and gold. And the adjusted side just looks like a white and gold dress that was photographed in blue lighting. HOW BIZARRE.

#SoMuchMoreGoingOnThanWhiteBalance
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Andrea Hartstein
Photographer

Andrea photographs "Bellies, Births & Babies", specializing in birth photography in the Michiana area, on the border of Michigan and Indiana.  Join her as she recounts the stories of babies and their families in our area.
Learn more about her sessions and birth coverage at HartsteinPhotography.com

 

 

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