How to light for video phillips McIntosh introduction to lighting

Introduction to Lighting

Cameras have to be white balanced to designate which light is ‘white’. Most consumer cameras do this automatically finding the average or basing the selection on the ‘most likely’ white object in the scene. High end consumer cameras and professional models allow the user to manually white balance by either selecting a preset level (daylight, tungsten or fluorescent) or arbitrating a certain colour as ‘white’.
Above is an image where the camera was balanced to daylight. As a result, the 5,500K light appears the most white, while the others of lower colour temperature appear redder.
If the image was taken with the camera being white balanced to tungsten (~3,200K). Then the 3,500K fluorescent coil would appear the whitest, the 60W incandescent bulb would appear only slightly red and the 5,500K coil would appear bluer.
The best images are made when light with different colour temperatures are used in coordination with each other to create warmer or cooler images. The second option is to make sure that every light used is the same colour temperature.