Join Natalie Fobes for an in-depth discussion in this video Sunrise and sunset: The Kelvin scale, part of The Elements of Effective Photographs.
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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 surfboard, water, and sand, all change color, and check…
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.