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Bay Bridge and Photographers. Premiere 6.
Use of Levels for lighting variations and white balance.

Working with electronic cameras allows a variety of approaches to setting the white balance in night photography. The Levels settings in Premiere can be thought of as an extended control over exposure and white balance. The buttery look of night lighting in the city needs scene juxtapositions with blue light. If you are using Internet Explorer and have the Windows Media Player version 6.4 or higher, you can view the short WMV movie segment. Except for the last scene which envolves animation and motion graphics, all of the photography is at night under city lights. In addition to using Premiere to correct or alter color casts that are a strong part of night lighting, an 81A blue filter was used to reduce the excessive red in street lights, giving a more neutral white to much of the lighting.

White balance is how the color cast of the light is rendered as neutral light with video cameras. Film cameras, on the other hand, handle all color cast corrections with the choice of filmstock and filters added to the camera. The next section relates to capturing still images from film through a scanner. Motion picture film must be digitized through the telecine process, although color correction through the telecine process has a parallel to the scanning and reversing of color negatives.

A Bolex H-16 T and a basic reflective light meter.

The Art of Color, the Craft of Scannning.

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