Alley in Pisa, Italy

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Warm colors are those near the red end of the spectrum, reminiscent of fire: red, orange, yellow: Cool colors are those near the blue end of the spectrum, reminiscent of ice: purple, blue, cyan: Green is often considered to be within the cool colors, but depending on the hue and on the context can be warm as well (for example, when in a composition ...


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This is a duotone/split-tone image (between pink(ish) and green(ish)) + black. The contrast is lowered, and colors are replaced from a gradient between pink and green. You see this as "soft" because of reduced saturation, reduced contrast and reduced color jumps. You see this as warm because the black point is increased (consequence of the reduced ...


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It's all about intent and artistic vision. In studio lighting, for example, getting a perfectly white-balanced shot might be very important because the colors of your client's product need to be exactly right. You would never want to warm up (or cool down) their logo color, for example, in a product shot. Use the gray card to achieve correct white balance, ...


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I usually find, especially when dealing with artificial light, that an image that is white balanced that accurately is often cool and I tend to find it a little harsh as a result, so I've been known to warm up the image a little either with the white balance tool or a filter in Photoshop afterwards. I would note that it wasn't all that rare with film, ...


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What you want is to set up a scene with a strong colour contrast e.g. with a warm light on your subject against a cool background. I have a shot which might be similar to the effect you're trying to achieve: This was done with two flashes, one with an orange filter and one with a pale blue filter. Don't worry if you just have the gold reflector, just ...


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Most video footage is shot with a neutral white balance and then "graded" to taste in the editing suite. Whilst you could use a warming filter on the lens it's much cheaper, easier and more flexible to shoot RAW and set a warm white balance when converting the images. I did this in Adobe Camera RAW by warming the WB, adjusting the amount of green and ...


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Matt's shot is quite nice. There is an easier way if all you want is warmth: Just pick the wrong white-balance or fine-tune it along the blue-amber scale (towards amber obviously) to the get desired results. This is a trick used by so many photographers that the XRite ColorChecket Passport has squares designed to this precisely and predictably. To use it ...


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The soft look in this image comes from the blurred fore- and background. This is achieved by using a comparatively open aperture (f/3.2 on APS-C), and a rather close focus distance. (I would guess something between 1.5 and 2.5m). This results in a more shallow Depth-of-Field (DOF) of about 40cm (The woman is in focus and sharp, whereas the grass in front of ...



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