Blue moods

Use a gel to warm up evening por­traits

NPhoto - - Front Page - Ja­son Parnell-Brookes

This is­sue we’ll fol­low the process from part two of the Teach Your­self Flash se­ries, (is­sue 60, page 38), where we used off-cam­era flash to light por­traits, and add a few nifty tricks to make your por­traits strik­ing af­ter sun­set.

Ev­ery­one shoots dur­ing the golden hour, but stay out a lit­tle longer and you’ll see ev­ery­thing turn a deep blue. This is known as the ‘blue mo­ment’. If you turn your Nikon’s white bal­ance to Tung­sten the ef­fect be­comes even more pro­nounced, but un­for­tu­nately it turns your model blue, too. Lift their spir­its (and their skin tone) with a colour tem­per­a­ture orange (CTO) gel over the flash. This will make their skin tone look nat­u­ral while us­ing Tung­sten white bal­ance. Let’s look at the specifics…

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