Use a gel to warm up evening portraits
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…