This week’s theme is mixed white balance.Light has a colour, as you can see pretty clearly in the below examples. In the first, the wall is lit with window light and the bathroom lit with typical indoor lighting (tungsten or compact fluorescent). Outdoor light usually appears blue and indoor light appears yellow.
Typically, I try to avoid mixed white balance because it gives weird skin tones like in the last few examples above. But sometimes it can look kind of cool, so this week we’re going to try to use it on purpose. Try to find two light sources that have a different white balance and notice how they appear in your photo. Even better, use them intentionally to create a contrast between the subject and the background or different parts of your image. This could be blue-ish window light, yellow overhead/lamp light, or white-ish light from your flash.
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