A bal­anced view

NPhoto - - Night Vision -

The dom­i­nant light source in many city scenes is of­ten tung­sten and sodium street light­ing, both of which pro­duce a very warm, yel­low colour cast. You can set au­to­matic white bal­ance to neu­tralise this, but this tends to re­sult in images which are too cold and clin­i­cal. The fact is that even to the hu­man eye, ci­ties give off a warm glow, so it’s im­por­tant to try to pre­serve this if you want your images to look nat­u­ral. This is par­tic­u­larly the case with a build­ing like the Houses of Par­lia­ment, which is bathed in warm tung­sten light­ing. If in doubt, shoot in RAW and then ex­per­i­ment with the white bal­ance af­ter­wards.

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