Understand Sunrise and Sunset With the Kelvin Scale


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Sunrise and sunset: The Kelvin scale

We all know that beautiful use of color can make or break a photograph. In the next few movies we will take a look at how to do that. Let's start by talking about the color of light and white balance. Simply put, this means that the whites in your photographs are white. They don't have a colorcast of blue or orange or green. Your eye naturally ignores these color shifts, but not your camera; you have to tell it what is white. The color of light changes all the time. The time of day makes a big difference, but also the time of year, weather conditions, and smog levels.

The Kelvin scale measures the temperature of light. The lower the number, say around 2400, the warmer the light; the higher the colder the light. To show this, Luke Deming shot this nifty series of well over a thousand images taken from 6:00 in the morning until 8:00 at night. All of the photographs were taken at 5500 Kelvin, which is considered the temperature of light at high noon in July. Watch how the white surfboar...

Sunrise and sunset: The Kelvin scale
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