Having a tint to photographs is not always a bad thing. Many photographers like to use warm images for landscapes and portraits. Cool color temperatures can make wonderful images as well. The trick is to make sure that color tinting in your images is deliberate. In order to use color tint to your advantage you should understand what light creates what tint. In studying color temperature we learned how light color is measured by its temperature. Now we need to see what light creates what temperatures/tints.
- Light Sources and Approximate Color Tints
- Flame - Yellow to Orange
- Incandescent Lighting (your house lightbulbs) - Yellow
- Sunrise/Sunset - Orangish Red to Yellow
- Midday - White
- Flash - White
- Moonlight - Bluish to Faint Yellow
- Cloudy Sky - Bluish
In order to control color tints, photographers use a few basic methods. Film photographers use specially calibrated film and/or filters to adjust white balance in their images. Digital photographers set the white balance controls in their camera based on the shooting situation. Some adjustment to color balance can also be made in a traditional darkroom or by using digital darkroom software such as Adobe Lightroom.