Friday, April 26, 2013

A to Z Challenge - W

Artificial (non-sunlight) light comes in many forms, fluorescent, tungsten, etc. Each type of light has  a different "color temperature" - fluorescent light is very harsh and almost greenish, tungsten tends to be more orange or yellow. Our eyes compensate for those differences and try to make everything neutral. Cameras doe not have that ability and record the light color exactly as it truly is. So, in photography, you will often hear the term white balance

White balance enables you to adjust the color temperature of the actual lighting to be more appealing to the eye in a final photograph. Generally speaking, white balance is an issue than can be more easily dealt with after the photo has been downloaded into a photography program on a computer (Lightroom, Photoshop, etc.) as you will be better able to see the quality, but it can be done on the camera before the photo is shot. Some cameras have manual white balance control, where you select the type of lighting from a list, but most adjust the color automatically