Photographing Morning Page 2

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 rosy tones of sunrise can be effective in establishing mood in your photos.
Reader photo by Margaret Hildreth, Pensacola, FL

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.

Say "Morning" In Your Photos
You don't have to restrict your images to capturing the perfect sunrise. When taking pictures at dawn or during the morning hours, try to look for elements that spell out "a.m." A cup of coffee on the counter, children going to school while adults leave for work, or a foggy scene can distinguish a morning photo from one taken late in the day.

Look for symbols that spell out "a.m.," such as the morning coffee mug.
Reader photo by Jody Ward, Pleasanton, CA

Quick Tip
Use tungsten film, or your digital camera's tungsten white-balance setting, to correct color imbalances.

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