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Correcting Color Imbalances
Most film is balanced to give natural-looking results when used with daylight or flash illumination. Under incandescent illumination, daylight-balanced film (or a daylight white-balance setting) will record the orange bias of the light. If you photograph under incandescent lighting conditions, you can correct for this color imbalance by using a film balanced for tungsten light or set your camera’s white balance to the tungsten setting. (If you don’t have this particular setting on your digital camera, the auto-white balance will suffice in most cases.)
The warm amber or rosy tones of sunrise are effective in establishing a mood,
but sometimes close-ups of people in this light may result in skin tones being
excessively warm. There are times, however, when you’ll want to use early-morning
light to give a little warmth and intimacy when photographing a person. Sometimes
it’s just a matter of personal preference. Tungsten film—or a digital
camera’s tungsten white-balance setting—will work to correct the
light in this case. A little flash fill when photographing portraits will correct
a too-warm balance altogether.
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