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#1 Artyom Zakharenko

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 07:15 PM

I heard people say that digital cameras have a 'daylight' sensor and therefor that its better to always shoot around 5600K and use orange filters in case you want your image to look warmer. Is this true? If so, why?


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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 08:21 PM

It's the opposite, you'd use blue filters when shooting in tungsten lighting. Daylight balanced means that the sensor is less sensitive to blue wavelengths so it prefers more of them. Warm is easy if the lighting is below 5600K, just use the higher color temp setting. And outdoors you can select 7000K or higher for more warmth. It's cooler tones where you might want blue filters to keep the blue channel noise down. However if the sensor is clean enough, the noise at 3200K isn't that bad.
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