Let’s talk color temperature, shall we?
In the 1800s, there was a British physicist named William Kelvin. Kelvin measured light “temperature” by heating a block of carbon. As it heated, it glowed different colors as the temperature changed. The black cube went from a dim red light, to a brighter yellow as the temperature increased, and eventually produced a bright blue-white glow at the highest temperatures. In his honor, Color Temperatures are measured in degrees Kelvin, or as we summarize them “K”. Daylight is typically “5500K” (summarized from here)
Why does this matter? Color temperature relates to your white balance. As the color temperature during the day changes, so will the color of your photos. In the mornings you are likely to get a red/pink tone to your photos, while in the evenings it’s likely to be blue.
To illustrate this, I took several photos of the same building throughout the day.
Isn’t it fascinating how much a photo can change based purely on the time of day and color temperature? When I saw that today’s photo was “same shot, different light” I knew I had to revisit this. These photos are not edited, either. They are “straight out the camera” (or SOOC). That is purely the color temperature changing the way my photo looked at the different times of the day.
If you want to learn more of the techy stuff about what color temperature is, then the wiki article here is interesting.
So now it’s your turn! Go shoot something that illustrates “same photo, different light” and send it to me. No worries, yours doesn’t have to be as elaborate as mine, just get out there and have fun!