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Understanding Color Meters and Lighting Management: Page 01

As you work in professional photography you will be photographing a huge variety of different assignments in a variety of different locations. Many will require you to have a variety of equipment, plenty of lights, and the ability to solve many photographic problems. Your business will depend on it. The difference with location lighting is […]

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The presets on digital cameras are rarely much help either. The color coming from a green fluorescent light fixture mixed with a little bit of window light creates a whole new color so neither the preset for florescent or daylight presets will achieve the desired results in these mixed light situations.

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This image is the final image and it is a combination of strobes with gels and ambient light. You cannot get this look without this combination because there is a lot of light direction from above which feels and looks natural.

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Kelvin is used as a measurement standard and is most often associated with the measurement of color temperature of light sources. Color temperature is based upon the principle that a black body radiator emits light whose color depends on the temperature of the radiator.

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Here are more examples of color shifts. In these examples you can see how the color shifts when using daylight settings in non-daylight light sources.  

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A sample of color correction (CC) filters from Kodak.

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Camera White Balance This screen is from a Canon 40D and I believe that most cameras are the similar. The screens may be different but most of today’s digital SLR’s have the same presets and manual WB options.

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The WhiBal card This is a very handy device for balancing color on the computer. There are all kinds of products out there for aiding in setting color balance during your shoot. Some photographers use the grey card but keep in mind that this is designed for exposure, not color balance. WhiBal is also guaranteed […]

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The top image shows a scene with mixed color and you can see with the small squares. The square on the left has more blue light coming from the window and appears less amber while the square on the right has less blue, appearing more amber.

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