So what is the relationship between color temperature and white balance?

Today, we’re going to be discussing what is white balance and how does it and the color temperature in lighting interact with each other? We’ll discuss the white balance meaning and demonstrate what happens when you manipulate your white balance and color temperatures to achieve different looks.

Understanding white balance, as well as the color temperature scale, gives you tremendous control over the look of your videos. Today we explain what happens when you change your white balance and give you some white balance examples of light sources at different kelvin values.

When we think about the scale, we need to look at color temperature in kelvin values. We can start at lower, warmer values (2500k) and go all the way up to 9500K. We also explore the primary color temperatures (5600K Daylight and 3200K Tungsten) which are most applicable to photography and video. We demonstrate discuss several different light sources, including: candles and fire, incandescent globes, tungsten lights, sunlight, LED lights, fluorescent lights, overcast sun, TV’s and monitors.

Next week we’ll be discussing how you can use white balance and color temperature creatively to create unique looks and moods for your scenes.

BONUS! Download your free Lighting Breakdowns and a Color Temperature Chart below:

This is the second video in our color temperature and white balance series, but if you missed the previous video, check it out below!

What is Color Temperature?:

Make sure to checkout our other videos on film lighting basics in our film lighting techniques and filmmaking tutorials playlists!

Equipment used in this video:

  • Canon 1DX II
  • Canon 24-70mm f2.8L II
  • Panasonic GH4
  • Sigma 18-35mm f1.8
  • Tokina 11-16mm f2.8
  • Metabones Speedbooster (nikon)
  • Aputure 120D II
  • 26″ Neewer Softbox
  • Aputure f7 – Aputure AL-H198
  • Aldi Fairy Lights
  • Edison Globe

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