I just got back last night from Columbia, Missouri where I spent a few days watching the College Photographer of the Year judging.  I learned so much in the 3 days I spent listening to the judges discuss the entries [for some of my observations, click here and here]. I was thrilled to see some remnants of autumn when my plane landed in Missouri – South Carolina tends to skip straight from summer to winter.  So, here are a few photos I took during a quick walk around campus.

I had such a fantastic time at CPOY this year and I am so thankful that I was able to go for a couple days.  I met some amazing young photographers that have inspired, intimidated, and encouraged me during my 3 days in Missouri.  Conferences like this always energize me and push me to make better photos.

Flying over the clouds during my flight from Columbia, MO to Memphis.



Over Easter weekend I had the opportunity to test out a new product on the market – The ColorRight Pro white balance corrector.  I had never heard of anything like this and after spending about 15 minutes learning how to use it (there is a tutorial video on the website), I was able to start shooting.

It took me a few tries to figure everything out, but it’s very easy to use.  You hold the product over your lens and take a photo pointing towards the light you want to use (the Auto Focus must be off for this part).  The photo will look like a gray scale.  You then change your white balance setting to use the last photo taken.  Then, you shoot the subject as you normally would.  When you change lighting situations, you have to re-calibrate the white balance.

In my photos, the difference was subtle but noticeable (in the photo above, the change is most apparent in the wall and skin) and I think this product would save a lot of time in post-production.  I must admit that at first I was not blown away by the ColorRight Pro, but in the past few days, I’ve realized how beneficial this product would be in constant light.  I can especially see this as a useful product for portrait photographers and others who use light that doesn’t change.  As a budding photojournalist, I can see this as being more useful when shooting indoor events.  Because it does take a few minutes to set up, it wouldn’t be ideal when shooting outdoor, news situations.  Overall, I had a blast trying out a new product and was fascinated that this little doohickey actually worked!

Have you used a ColorRight or another product like this?  What did you think of it?