Your Light’s Color Matters To Your Photos

By Amy

Mar 29

are your lights screwing up the photo? 

Are you struggling to get professional looking blog photos?

Have you ever thought about the type of light you're using?

Your regular lightbulbs usually give off a yellow light.  STAY AWAY from using those!

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Daylight balanced lightbulbs are best and I'll show you why in the video below!

Your Light's Color Could Be the Problem

Daylight balanced range 5500K to 6500K

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Read On For Details About Your Light's Color

Today we are going to talk about the color of light and how it can impact your photos.

So here we have two bulbs. The one on the right is your average household bulb. It’s a 20W bulb.

The bulb on the left is a 45W daylight balanced bulb.

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CFL Bulb


Average Household

CFL Bulb


You can see when comparing the two that the bulb on the right is much warmer and it is going to give off a much more yellow light. Problem with this is if you’re trying to add light to a natural light set-up or if you have two lights where one is daylight balanced and the other is not, you end up with two different color casts and that can create havoc when trying to edit. Now you are trying to edit two different colors and it’s next to impossible to get it to look right in my opinion unless you go black and white. It is not recommended you use two different color bulbs.

If you are going to add light to a natural light set-up, I would suggest using the bulb on the left. Not because it’s bigger and not necessarily because it gives off more light, but because it will give off a more natural light than what you get from outside light.

Why The Color Of Light Is Important

If you were into product photography or food photography, the thing that would make a huge difference for you is you will get a much more realistic look and have much less editing to do if you automatically start with a natural daylight color bulb.

Usually the bulb that you have in your kitchen, besides the fact that it will give off hard light which we discussed last week, will have this yellowish hue and it’s just not pretty. If you’re trying to get professional quality photos, you need to make sure you don’t have hard or yellow tint from your regular bulbs.

That also goes for the old fashioned incandescent bulbs too, as those bulbs are even warmer and even more yellow.

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If you’re going to try to make your object look appealing, you should go with a daylight balanced bulb. Keep in mind, you will need to modify it so the light is spread out and it doesn’t give you a ton of shadow (see last week’s episode).

If you are trying to sell something in a store, Etsy or Pinterest, and you’re trying to get across that the color of your item is whatever blue or red it is, the color of light you use is going to make a huge difference in portraying the products true color.

Example ~ 20W regular household bulb.

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This is what I was referring to. You can see that marble background has a yellowish tinge to it and I have this kind of teal journal and a pink pen. Not great and not horrible but it could be much better. I will pan up so you can see how yellowish the umbrella actually looks with this bulb being modified.

Example ~ 45W daylight balanced bulb

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And here we are with that same pen and same journal with the daylight balanced light bulb which is 55K (kelvin ~ which we haven’t discussed a lot today). I will pan up so you can see the umbrella. Look how white that looks. Not that yellowish tinge from previous bulb.

So I hope that helped you understand why using a daylight balanced bulb is beneficial for your photos and why it helps save you time later when you’re editing them.

This was Amy from Learn Blog Photography.

If you have questions you would like answered, please hit me up in the private club Learn Blog Photography Facebook group or contact me through the contact me page and I would be happy to answer your question on a blog post or a video.

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About the Author

Amy is the owner extraordinaire at Learn Blog Photography and Amy Paris Photography. She's a single mom to an amazing teenage son. She's passionate about photography and skiing (downhill), the faster the better! Sign up for a FREE 30-min call to light up your photos & biz!