Photography

How Understanding Colour Temperature Will Make You a Better Photographer

In their latest video, presenter John P. Hess explains the beginnings of heat being seen in terms of colour, with Planck’s law.

The rule devised by Planck back in 1900 is the same we can use now to explain how different times of day and types of natural and unnatural light can have such a profound effect on the emotion portrayed through our images and videos.

Hess succeeds again in showing the relevance of seemingly impenetrable science equations, in a no-fuss easy-to-understand style, while giving practical advice on how to incorporate the science into your camera work.

He even answers questions you never knew you wanted to ask, such as—when taking portraits, why does the subject’s face sometimes get a green tinge in-camera?

The History and Science of Color Temperature

If you haven’t checked out Hess’ first two videos for Filmmaker IQ, find them here:

Episode 1: The History and Science of Lenses

Episode 2: The Properties of Camera Lenses