Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with color temperature and white balance, part of Photography Foundations: Night and Low Light.
Color can be tricky in low light.…Your eyes, of course, lose the ability to perceive color as light levels drop.…Given a long enough exposure, your camera can pick out color details that…are invisible to your eye, but getting accurate color in low light requires some work.…Most of the time, you'll find that your low-light images shift to having a very…warm orange or reddish cast.…This is because the camera is not accurately white balancing for the available light.…White balance is the process of calibrating your camera for the type of light…that you're shooting in, so that colors appear accurate.…
In low light, it's very difficult for your camera's auto white balance mechanism…to get an accurate white balance.…If correct color is important to your shot, then you'll need to take some…additional white balance action.…You'll need to either manually white balance or you'll need to shoot RAW so that…you can alter the white balance later.…If you choose to shoot RAW, I recommend using a white balance card so that you…
Ben also shows how to obtain accurate color balance in tungsten and fluorescent lighting situations, and how to postprocess the images in Photoshop to remove noise caused by higher ISO settings. He also demonstrates accessories that can greatly expand your low-light photography options.
- Understanding how low light affects exposure, shutter speed, color temperature, and more
- Preparing for a low-light shoot
- Shooting in dimly lit rooms
- Using the flash indoors
- Shooting in the shade
- Taking flash portraits at night
- Controlling flash color temperature
- Focusing in low light
- Light painting
- Manipulating long shutter speeds
- Correcting white balance
- Brightening shadows
- Sharpening and noise reduction
Skill Level Intermediate
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1. Setting the Stage
2. Exposure Considerations
3. Scenario: A Dinner Party
4. Scenario: A Performance
5. Scenario: In a City
6. Scenario: Landscapes
7. Special Effects
8. Post-Processing Considerations
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