Other light

There are many other types of light, and most of them aren't very conducive to photography.

Fluorescent lights create a green hue. Incandescent lights, also known as tungsten (traditional light bulbs) can make a subject look yellow. And gymnasiums, stadiums, and even our streets are lit with bulbs that result in an orange or blue tint. While our eyes and brains adjust to these lights, cameras aren't that smart. To overcome these less-than-optimal situations, try one of these solutions:

  • Set the "white balance" feature on your digital camera to tungsten or fluorescent.
  • Turn on the flash (if close enough) so it becomes your main light source.
  • Use a high-speed film. They are generally more tolerant of mixed lighting conditions.
  • Use a specialty tungsten-balanced film (remember to use the whole roll).
If you can't use these techniques, take the picture anyway. If you ask, your photofinisher may be able to remove some or all of the offensive color. If you are taking digital pictures, you can easily adjust the overall color and print the pictures on your inkjet printer.