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Photos from the halloween party last Saturday.

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divinemissa [01.11.06::01:48]
Dumb question, but I know nothing about photography and I honestly have no idea...

Whenever you photograph these parties, they always look very warm and inviting. Sort of candlelit, but brighter. Is this just the way your place looks or is there some trick that you can do to make your photos look that way?
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tyrven [01.11.06::02:16]
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tyrven [01.11.06::02:12]
There are a few reasons for this.

In my older photos, before I got a flash, I relied on available light. This usually meant very warm tungsten bulbs, which cast an orange hue across everything. I usually adjusted for this either via my camera's white balance or in post production. During that period, I actually preferred cooler tones and often over-compensated for the white balance.

Now that I have a flash this isn't usually an issue. Flash bulbs are fairly well color balanced (they're actually a tad cool, but usually the camera compensates for that). However, the flash isn't the only light source - and so depending on the camera settings, the flash may be competing with other warmer light. In addition, in this particular set, the ceilings were painted warm colors and thus the flash inherits those hues when bouncing (typically you bounce flash off a ceiling or wall).

I universally cooled down the colors on this set, but not so much to lose the natural feel of the environment (which was very warm). Warm colors also tend to be more flattering for portraits, although they can also wash out the colors and so I try to find a balance. In this set, I think the photo of Katie is a tad cool and the photo of cat women is a tad warm.

Last, you'll often notice that the backgrounds are very different in color than the foreground. Sometimes this is because of painted walls. In addition, though, this is because the backgrounds are lit by different sources which usually are warmer than the flash. Professional photographers will often light the back ground independently of the subject, which has a number of benefits one of which is to ensure that both are being lit with comparable color temperatures.

Last, if you're shooting in film, you can adjust for these items using filters or film. When I shoot with my medium format camera, for instance, I use a film that is color balanced for portraitures - which means it's a bit warmer. Indoor vs. outdoor film is similar (indoor film tends to be cooler, to compensate for the tungsten bulbs). Likewise, there are filters that will compensate for available lighting or, provided balanced lighting, warm up the subject.
divinemissa [01.11.06::11:51]
Wow. That's a lot more complicated than I'd hoped (although anything beyond "press the 'Warm Lighting' button on your camera" might have been a stretch). I really need to sign up for a photography class at some point.
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tyrven [02.11.06::12:06]
What type of camera do you have? Some cameras do have a "warm lighting" button :). And if they don't, you can usually cheat them by playing with the color temperature / white balance. You can also hack filters together using materials as cheap as colored plastic wrap :) (although that can have unexpected results).
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crescimento [01.11.06::02:36]
your friends do costumes well.
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propertyofme [02.11.06::02:42]
wow... love the andy warhol costume. very clever. kudos.