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Color Temperature example by jermilex Color Temperature example by jermilex
Just a simple example of how the concept of Color Temperature can be used to give more life and believability to an image. Color, value and hue all work together in nature and cannot be separated. When you paint try not to just have light yellow and dark yellow (which can look muddy like in the top example), but consider that saturation can increase and the hue can shift when the light decreases in strength. Think of light as energy instead of just a value or black and white. If you turn on a light bulb slowly the filament will start by glowing a deep saturated red, then as more energy is added (higher temperature) the color will shift towards orange, then yellow and eventually to white.

For more information on this idea I talk about it in my DVD with the Gnomon Workshop ( [link] ). But I found this example I had created awhile back and figured it would be good to share.
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Truptii Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Now I know where I went wrong when I painted..THANKS for this simple - to - the point example.. +fav
Heksagon Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I just watched your video... sigh ;) Now I have to delete all of my works and start from beginning... ;)
Thank you very much!
jermilex Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Filmographer
ha... I hope it's not that bad. :)
ZhouRules Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
this is something I barely learned last year and it's had a dramatic effect on my work. I like the way you put it here. simple explanation and example.
jermilex Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
thanks! Yes, it's a powerful idea yet so simple.
roshinrobert Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
sir your practical color theory is too awesome
jermilex Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:) thanks
Dushyant20b Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Student Filmographer
Liked i am working on color corrections these days so this is helpful for me..:))
Thank you sir.
jermilex Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Professional Filmographer
great! I'm glad it was helpful
lionkyu Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
Definitely one of the best Gnomon tutorials i've seen. Thank you so much for making such a wonderful DVD :D.

By the way if you don't mind i'd like to ask a question: the color temperature chart covers natural light colors that we see the most like red, orange, yellow and blue. How you deal with more exotic color mood like green or violet light source? If the light strenght changes, would the saturation and hue change as well?
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