Lit Weddings with Mike Moon


The Science of Skin Tones

The Science of Skin Tones Written by Mike Moon OK. Warning … This is about to get technical. But I want to explain how we achieve perfect skin tones for Lit Weddings, so that you can feel confident in our expertise. It begins with understanding the qualities that make up light and also understanding that once bad skin tones are captured in camera, they can’t be fixed in post later. Lights have three things: color, quality and power. Color in photography is defined as “temperature” (Kelvin). I custom balance my camera on fly, by eye. Namely, orange lights are 3200K, when they start to turn yellow they’re 2700K. If they’re white, they’re 5000ish. I know this is true. So if a light is yellow/orange, it’s about 3K. Now, as I set my camera temperature all day, I’ll notice that the sun doesn’t remain the same temperature. High noon is about 5500. Sunset is at the top of the Kelvin scale for your camera, roughly 7Kish. So I have to adjust my camera all day if I’m outside, as the sun changes. Just like I have to adjust it again after sunset when I move indoors to work under light bulbs. Then there’s the quality of a light. It’s defined as “Color Rendering Index” or “CRI”. It’s the percentage of the full color spectrum that a light source emits. Now, lets talk about a lightbulb. A traditional incandescent light bulb gets its source from a chemical reaction, electricity and gas. Or

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