Thursday, January 21, 2010
Lesson 3: The Color of Light
Indoor, artificial light may not be apparent to the naked eye, but is obvious when photographed. The 2 main types of indoor light are flourescent (purplish cast often found in warehouses or office space) and incandescent bulbs (yellowish/orange cast often found in our homes). Since the color cast from indoor lighting is unflattering it's important to know when and how to set the appropriate color temperature within your camera to correct this issue.
Most cameras come with some pre-set white balance settings such as Auto (AWB), Daylight, Tungsten and others. I've always left mine on Auto, however, one of my goals this year was to improve my ability to use most (if not all) manual settings when possible. This should help improve the quality of the images I capture. With that goal in mind, the examples below will give you an idea of the vast difference between using Auto, Tungsten, and Custom white balance settings. Since each camera is different I won't be able to give you a step-by-step tutorial but you can refer to your camera's manual for detailed instructions.
Auto (see the lovely orange cast I was talking about):