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The Elements of Effective Photographs

White balance: Beyond natural light


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The Elements of Effective Photographs

with Natalie Fobes

Video: White balance: Beyond natural light

We introduced you to the Kelvin scale in the last movie, but it's used in artificial light too. Different light sources give off different colors of light. Tungsten and daylight-balanced bulbs are the two most common. The house lights in the studio are daylight balanced, or 5500 Kelvin. The camera is set to the daylight setting. Let's turn on the studio light and turn down the house lights. These bulbs are also daylight, so their color still looks good. Now this light has tungsten bulbs.

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The Elements of Effective Photographs
1h 36m Beginner Aug 30, 2011

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In this course, Pulitzer-nominated photographer Natalie Fobes takes viewers into the studio and on location to explore the many elements that combine to make an effective photo.

The course explores compositional elements that guide a viewer's eye, including the rule of thirds; leading lines, patterns, and curves; and depth of field. Natalie then details the roles of color and light in a photo. She shows how to work with the natural light in a room or outdoor location, and how to enhance it using reflectors, newspapers, a T-shirt, or whatever might be handy. She also shows some simple indoor lighting setups that can replicate the look of natural light.

The course continues with a look at movement and how a photographer can convey a sense of motion by blurring part of the image or freezing a fast-moving subject. Next, Natalie explores the concepts of peak action and the decisive moment—those split seconds that capture the essence or emotion of a subject or scene. The course wraps up with a discussion of the roles of planning and research in creating effective photos.

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Photography Photography Foundations
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Natalie Fobes

White balance: Beyond natural light

We introduced you to the Kelvin scale in the last movie, but it's used in artificial light too. Different light sources give off different colors of light. Tungsten and daylight-balanced bulbs are the two most common. The house lights in the studio are daylight balanced, or 5500 Kelvin. The camera is set to the daylight setting. Let's turn on the studio light and turn down the house lights. These bulbs are also daylight, so their color still looks good. Now this light has tungsten bulbs.

Tungsten is warmer light, about 2500. Check out how orange my face looks. It's not because the light is orange. It's because the camera is still set for daylight. Now let's switch to a camera that is set for tungsten, and notice that the daylight-balanced bulbs now appear blue. Let's turn this light off to get a better look at how the light from the tungsten bulbs appear. Your camera has settings for different light sources. In the next video we will show you more about what these settings do.

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