With color film, we used filters over the lens to add a compensating color in order to produce images that looked natural and daylight-balanced, or at least made sure to use light sources that were daylight-balanced. Most electronic flash units were fairly well color-balanced, or slightly biased to the "cool" end of the spectrum, which could easily be further improved in the printing process. Digital cameras can control for a wide range of color environments with their built-in white balance pre-sets, or the ability to set a custom white-balance for a particular shooting environment. (This was covered in my last blog post; take a look).
Like so much in photography, color can be a very subjective thing; what looks pleasing to one may look odd to some one else. But there are times when we need to work with objective, agreed-upon standards, too; and the best example of this is when we make shade-matching images for the dental lab. An understanding of color temperature, and control of the digital camera, is part of what makes it work successfully.
Are you getting good results with you color images, or still something of a challenge? Let's have a nice warm conversation.