Understanding lighting

White Balance


Choosing the right white balance to match the lighting conditions is key to a successful photo. 

Lighting conditions vary from scene to scene, and the camera needs a bit of help understanding the warmth/coldness of light AKA its temperature.



Lighting conditions create a certain ambience:

  • Color of a flame said to be warm (2000 K)
  • Color of a flourescent light bulb is said to be cool ( 4000+ K)

In order to replicate a natural lighting condition you must choose a lighting setting that matches the light in your scene. This is done with the WB button on the camera.

* Rule of thumb - the higher the Kelvin (K) the cooler the light. 

Your task:

Take multiple photos of a person's face using the different WB setting

Create a side by side poster in photoshop