Do You See The Color?

Do you see the color of the green grass and the red rose?

Seeing the color of the green grass and the red rose is seeing the color of the light being reflected from them.

Almost everyone can see this.

Do you know the color of the light that’s illuminating the green grass and red rose?

Knowing the color of the light that’s illuminating the green grass and the red rose is knowing something about the raw material that a photographer works with. Light.

Not everyone knows this.

If you want to be a photographer who is skilled at their craft  you should know the color of the light that illuminates your subject.

Light And Color

4 Responses to “Do You See The Color?”

  1. Sam,

    Thank you for making that point! About 40 years ago I did a clinic for a regional National Model Railroad Association convention about making indoor model railroad photos look like outdoor scenes. I found that the color temperatures on a bright sunny day included the base light, blue sky (about 8,000°K), and direct sun light, yellow (about 5,700°K) and was a near point source. I demonstrated this with indoor photos that I made with this recipe. Linn Wescott, then Editor of Model Railroader Magazine, attended that convention an talked to me at length about my clinic. He invited me to submit an article about my research, but I never did. I was very busy growing a camera repair business at the time.

    Leon Kennemer, one of my customers, and a very good friend, had a very well known quote, “To make good photographs, you have to be able to see light.” Leon was a Master Photographer, specializing in outdoor portraiture.

    If I wasn’t retired and on a very tight budget I would definitely want to attend this class.

    All the best,

    Jim
    Madison, AL

    • Sam D'Amico says:

      Hello Jim,

      Thank you for your thoughtful comments.

      I’m glad that you can relate to to this post based on your practical experience with color temperature. At the time you were working on this there was no white balance or digital cameras.

      If I’m correct there were, and still are, three types of film available that are color balanced for recording three specific color temperatures.
      Daylight Balanced: 5200K;Tungsten Balanced Type A: 3200K;Tungsten Balanced Type B: 3400K.

      I’m curious how you handled the light and film relationship.

      What color balance film did you use?
      Did you filter the light sources at the light source itself?
      Did you filter the light at the lens?
      Did you mix unfiltered light sources to give you the color temperature that you needed.

      You friend, Mr. Kennemer, seemed to understand what photography is about and so do you.

      Observing and working with light.

      It would be a pleasure and an honor to work with you in one of my classes.

      Best regards,

      Sam

  2. Sam,

    Thank you for making that point! About 40 years ago I did a clinic for a regional National Model Railroad Association convention about making indoor model railroad photos look like outdoor scenes. I found that the color temperatures on a bright sunny day included the base light, blue sky (about 8,000°K), and direct sun light, yellow (about 5,700°K) and was a near point source. I demonstrated this with indoor photos that I made with this recipe. Linn Wescott, then Editor of Model Railroader Magazine, attended that convention an talked to me at length about my clinic. He invited me to submit an article about my research, but I never did. I was very busy growing a camera repair business at the time.

    Leon Kennemer, one of my customers, and a very good friend, had a very well known quote, “To make good photographs, you have to be able to see light.” Leon was a Master Photographer, specializing in outdoor portraiture.

    If I wasn’t retired and on a very tight budget I would definitely want to attend this class.

    All the best,

    Jim
    Madison, AL

    • Sam D'Amico says:

      Hello Jim,

      Thank you for your thoughtful comments.

      I’m glad that you can relate to to this post based on your practical experience with color temperature. At the time you were working on this there was no white balance or digital cameras.

      If I’m correct there were, and still are, three types of film available that are color balanced for recording three specific color temperatures.
      Daylight Balanced: 5200K;Tungsten Balanced Type A: 3200K;Tungsten Balanced Type B: 3400K.

      I’m curious how you handled the light and film relationship.

      What color balance film did you use?
      Did you filter the light sources at the light source itself?
      Did you filter the light at the lens?
      Did you mix unfiltered light sources to give you the color temperature that you needed.

      You friend, Mr. Kennemer, seemed to understand what photography is about and so do you.

      Observing and working with light.

      It would be a pleasure and an honor to work with you in one of my classes.

      Best regards,

      Sam

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