How to Pick Your Next Camping Tent.

Written by Marc Wiltse


A good camping tent should keep you dry, comfortable, and provide protection.

Which camping tent... Dome, family, 4-season, backpacking or cabin is right for you? They don't repel rain, cold, snow, or biting bugs equally.

Camping tents are an important outdoor gear investment. This article will give yourepparttar information you need to make an informed decision about what kind is best for you.

First determine what type of camping you'll be doing? Do you only go out inrepparttar 136803 summer or are you into 4-season camping? Make sure to prepare yourself forrepparttar 136804 worst possible type of weather you'll encounter. Waking up to a foot of snow inside your summer camping tent because of a late fall blizzard isn't much fun. ;-)

After determining what seasons you'll need your tent for, estimate how many people you will usually camp with...

Sizing It Up

Camping tents are rated byrepparttar 136805 number of people they can accommodate. But these ratings are like getting twenty circus clowns into a Volkswagon Beetle...goofy. :-) When they say it's a 4-person tent, they mean 4 people and nothing else, no hiking gear, no room for boots, just 4 people that hopefully know each other pretty well. Seriously, if you're looking for backpacking tents or hiking tents and weight is a big concern, then get cozy and userepparttar 136806 rating system, but otherwise I'd think bigger.

Consider going 1-2 sizes bigger than what you need for a smaller camping tent. Better yet dividerepparttar 136807 "person rating" by 2 so you'll have a decent amount of room if you have to stay inside due to nasty weather. If you thought cabin fever was bad wait until you're stuck in a downpour with 5 other people in a small tent for a few days.

Understanding White Balance

Written by Ken Henderson


Understanding White Balance

The Color of Light

Everyone has taken at least one photograph that has been way off in color. You get it back from whoever processed it, or if it is from a digital camera you load it into your computer, and your immediate response is ďwhatrepparttar heck happened?Ē. Everything has a weird color cast to it, either orange, green or blue.

Light has a definite color to it depending onrepparttar 136617 light source and itís surrounding conditions. As humans we donít recognizerepparttar 136618 changes inrepparttar 136619 color of light, forrepparttar 136620 most part, because our brains adjust for it.

The color of light is measured in degreeís Kelvin. This is referred to as color temperature. The lowerrepparttar 136621 color temperature,repparttar 136622 redderrepparttar 136623 light is. The higherrepparttar 136624 temperature,repparttar 136625 bluerrepparttar 136626 light is.

Letís look at sunlight. Throughoutrepparttar 136627 dayrepparttar 136628 color temperature of sunlight changes because of itís angle andrepparttar 136629 surrounding atmospheric conditions. Early inrepparttar 136630 morning and late inrepparttar 136631 evening sunlight gets a warm golden glow to it. Photographers refer to this time asrepparttar 136632 golden hour. Duringrepparttar 136633 middle ofrepparttar 136634 day howeverrepparttar 136635 light is very blue, around 5500-6500 degrees kelvin. This isrepparttar 136636 color temperature of most flash units. Inrepparttar 136637 shade,repparttar 136638 color temperature of light is around 7500 degrees kelvin.

Artificial light onrepparttar 136639 other hand is a whole different ball game. Letís take a look at incandescent light bulbs. These are every day light bulbs. On averagerepparttar 136640 color temperature of a light bulb is around 3200 degrees kelvin. They have a strong orange color cast. This is evident if you are outside, late inrepparttar 136641 evening and look atrepparttar 136642 windows of a lit up house. The light inrepparttar 136643 windows will have an orange cast that is very easy to see. It used to be that florescent lights were at about 4000 degrees kelvin. This color temperature would record with a green cast on daylight balanced film. These days florescent lights can be purchased at different color temperatures.

The Recording Media and Corrective Options

Because ofrepparttar 136644 way light can shift color a white object may not record as white on different recording media. As far as this article is concerned, there are two types of light recording media. One is photographic film andrepparttar 136645 other is a digital camera. Letís look at film first.

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