Color Temperature in Photography

The lighting of a photo can make it feel ‘warmer’ or ‘cooler’. This tutorial will teach you about color temperature and how it affects the mood of a photo.

You will learn:

Color temperature is measured in degrees Kelvin.
Outdoor light is cooler. It has a blue tint.
Temperatures can range from a sunny day – about 5600K, to a cloudy day – about 10,000K.
Interior light is warmer. It has a red or orange tint to it, which depends on the light source itself.
Tungsten light bulbs tend to be 2,000-4,000K, whereas fluorescent light bulbs are in the 3,000-5,000K range.

Take a look below for a couple examples of the same scene shot in warm and cool light.


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