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Warmth is an image characteristic that people often respond to. Landscape photographers like to shoot in the ‘golden hour’ when the sun is low in the sky, and people generally prefer portrait shots to have a little warmth to the colour rendition.
You can introduce this warmth by your choice of lighting or by adjusting the camera’s white balance. You can also add it digitally later on, though it’s not always easy to make it look realistic and pleasing. Filters generally add a flat, global colour adjustment that doesn’t really reflect the way that natural light works. In a landscape shot, for example, you’d expect the landscape itself to have warm tones but not necessarily the sky – and yet a simple warm-up filter will add warmth to both.
Nevertheless, it’s worth trying out different digital techniques to add warmth to photographs which would really benefit from this kind of rendition.
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