Color Temperature

Color Temperature is measured in the unit Kelvin and the scale ranges from cool to warm.This video editing term refers to the visible light in a shot. For instance, cooler color temperatures often have a bluish tint and hotter color temperatures tend to appear more red or orange.

One of the easiest and most basic settings to adjust is the color temperature of your monitor. Color temperature is the point at which the light color equals the "black body". The black body radiator is something we come across every day, albeit a theoretical concept that doesn't really exist. For example, when you heat an object, it may glow red, and when you heat it more, it may turn orange, then yellow and white.

What is not so well known is that at higher temperatures objects can take on a bluish hue. If we restrict ourselves to the middle of this range, lower color temperatures will mean "warm whites" and higher color temperatures will mean "cool whites".

For example, the color temperature of a tungsten filament bulb is 2,500-2900K (K represents a unit of temperature called Kelvin. It is the same as Celsius, but 0K corresponds to -273 degrees Celsius). A halogen bulb averages 6.500K.

Almost all monitors come with a color temperature of 9,300K.

What you need is to find a value close to daylight - close to 6,500K. You can easily achieve this with your monitor's setup buttons.

Select the menu entry for color temperature and select 6,500K (sometimes it may be displayed as D65). If you're used to monitors set to 9,300K, this new setting may seem a little dull to you, but once you get used to it, you'll be able to see colors more accurately.

For more information about colors you can check our article about 'Color Theory' ;