The color of natural light
The auto white balance control on a digital camera is designed to adjust automatically to different light colors, or temperatures, to produce a result as near-neutral as possible. This isn’t always what you want.
Landscape photographers, for example, will be more interested in preserving the natural color of the light precisely, since it’s often this which gives a landscape shot its character.
At dawn, or during twilight after the sun has gone down, the light is characteristically ‘cold’ and blue, which can produce wonderfully atmospheric low-light shots.
In early morning or late afternoon, the low sun produces a warm glow that’s both attractive and evocative. If you want to preserve the color of natural light, it’s important that your digital camera doesn’t attempt to ‘correct’ it.
Most landscape shots are best taken using the Daylight setting, since this forces the camera to use a fixed, standardised color balance.
PAGE 1: Awareness of digital color photography
PAGE 2: Warm vs cold color
PAGE 3: The color of natural light
PAGE 4: What are color spaces?
PAGE 5: What is color gamut?
PAGE 6: What is bit depth?
PAGE 7: What is color temperature all about?