The goal of this assignment is to introduce you to Light’s different colors. Different sources of light have different color: day light has more blue in it, light bulbs (aka tungsten) are orange/yellow, while candles are the warmest. Many florescent bulbs and street lights are green.
Your camera has settings that accommodate these varieties. Using the right setting with it’s intended light source will usually give you the ‘correct’ color, aka white balance. Having your camera set to day light when shooting in tungsten light will render whites with a yellow cast. Shooting in tungsten light with your camera set on tungsten will produce whites that look white (though not necessarily perfectly).
For this assignment shoot in jpeg at 200 ISO. Find someone to photograph in four different settings- outside in direct sun light, outside in the shade, inside with the day light by a window or open door and in a room lit only by tungsten light. In each setting, shoot with your white balance in four different temperatures: day light (sun icon), shade (building), over cast setting (cloud icon), tungsten (light bulb icon). For extra credit shoot also in candle light and florescent light.
You’ll see how the different settings render the different kinds of light. A good understanding of white balance and color temperature will give you a wide range of creative possibilities and help you to get the color you want.
|3200-3400K||Hot Lights Times, sunrise/sunset|
|2980K||Tungsten 200 watt bulb|
|2659K||Tungsten 40 watt bulb|