Blog #10 How to set color temprature

When it comes to color temperature it seems easy and sounds like its something that can be determines without any trouble but most of the time we ignore its importance which can cause serious damage to a well shot footage.

In this blog my blogger reflected ways to easily set color temperature first and foremost thing is DONT USE THE AUTO WHITE BALANCE UNLESS YOU’RE A NOOB, I have heard this way to many times by our teachers that its been engraved in the back of my head.

So how can we set a good color temperature first would be to memorise the Color Temperature Chart if you find it hard then just keep a copy with you before each shoot so that you do not go in to the color range that might ruin everything.

For a good set of color you should know the range you want to shoot your film and what tone you are going for.

Secondly use a light meter, Most of the camera come with a built in meter but if you want to go for a professional video and minimising any sort of error when it comes to light the Fstop the shadows or the highlights a light meter is your best friend.


With a simple push of a button it can determine how your scene is lit how much the F.Stop value should be for a shallow depth of field if you are using green screen is your light even and to determine that your shadows arent under exposed and high lights arent being over exposed.

There are different type of models, some are even compatible with your mobile phones and the best way to use them are either by having them near your eye or your nose as those are the area that reflects the light the most and make sure the white ball is towards the camera on the light meter.

But what if you ended up shooting the footage with the wrong white balance that makes your footage look like it was either shot in the sahara desert due to its orange tinge or cooler than the Mount Everest tones. Well then there is always post to fix it although Its not preferable as when it comes to color its always the best option to get it shot perfectly in production phase but it still can be fixed in post.

For this you need to identify if you  have white balance issues this can be done easily if you have a reference in your footage like a white material once you hover your mouse on it in premiere the RGB all should have the same value in percentage if they vary on the white reference material then your white balance is not right.

So if you’re footage is not properly balanced you need to look in to the waveform and identify which one of the color in the RGB is not evenly distributed by looking at color wheel and the margins.


Once you identify it you go to color correction in effects and tweak with the color wheel by picking the whitest object in the scene and color pick it which will shift the color of the footage to a more neutral look.

Once thats done tweak the wheel color by offsetting the wheel color till you get something you like. You can also change the luminescence setting in this effect panel to make sure the footage is visible.

But if you’re still unsatisfied you can always go for 3 way color corrector which give you more control over the highlights and the shadows.  A very useful tutorial I found on the blog article is the one shared below which goes in depth on fixing your white balance in post.

I am also going to use this for our short film and in my coming blogs will show how I fixed up some of the shots that were not balanced properly when it came to lighting.

Hope this helps.


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