Digital Effects, White Balance and Resolution

Posted on October 30, 2008. Filed under: Net Spy | Tags: , , , |

Modern photo contests also apply many of the techniques used in traditional photography. Though the majority of artists today utilize digital photography in almost every photo contest, factors like the composition of the picture, use of light, line, shape and pattern all came from film photography. The only difference of digital photography from film are white balance, picture resolution, and digital effects. Today, I will discuss the importance of these three factors and how it can help you in photography contests.

Digital Effect

Every year the level of photography contests is taken one step farther because of the cutting edge features of new digital cameras. Many digital cameras now have built-in effects designed to alter the presentation of photos. Fisheye is an example of one such feature that will reshape an image giving it a totally different effect. Soft-focus, Portrait, Scene, Landscape, and Wide-angle are some of the focusing effect capabilities that your digital camera may have. Using graphics software programs can further enhance your photo competition entries and give a look in every image that needs improvement.

White Balance

To determine the colors of the image captured in the photo, traditional cameras make use of film records. Today, photo competitions utilizes digital cameras and set the white balance feature to interpret color. Digital cameras are easier to use because you can manually select the color settings in every scenario you would like the image to be shot. These settings (called Kelvin temperature ratings) are represented by symbols for sun, indoor light, clouds and shade on most digital displays and can be manually selected. More advanced digital cameras has the auto white balance that enables the camera to adjust the settings automatically. Another awesome feature very useful for picture contest is the histogram, which also helps you adjust the light exposure of your shot.


The higher the resolution the better image quality you will get. Resolution is an important factor to consider when buying digital cameras. Digital cameras record images in pixels. You will notice this when you try to expand a picture with the use of a graphic software like Photoshop. Upon zooming in, you will see the picture rendered as a series of colored dots. The higher the resolution, the more dots will be in the picture and a bigger file size as well.

In picture contests, artists use cameras with megapixel resolution that ranges from 1 to 9.1 megapixels. Digital cameras today have features that allows users to select resolution settings. Since resolution affects file size, more of the photos taken in low resolution can be stored in your camera at a time. High-resolution images may saved in BMP, TIFF, or RAW image formats.

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