But what about the romance loophole? Photographer Bill Wadman loves the flame’s amber hue for exactly that reason: “Firelight is extremely warm in color, shifted very much toward orange, so it gives some of the same advantages that the ‘magic hour’ does just after sunset. I think it’s ingrained in us to equate this warm color and the warmth of the fire itself with the concept of home and security. And because of the way skin reflects light, warmer light tends to be more flattering and diminish flaws in portraits. Pleasing, yes, but accurate? Not a chance.” Which works just fine for romance.

Get a little color in your cheeks—these lights burn hot

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