EDIT SKILLS: COOL BLUES
Give your images the chill factor! Caroline Schmidt walks you through an essential winter colour grading technique
GET CRISP PORTRAITS NO MATTER THE WEATHER WITH A TOUCH OF CREATIVE TONING AND A MATTE EFFECT, AS SHOWN BY CAROLINE SCHMIDT A LTHOUGH AN EARLY spring may have been o cially declared by the powers that be at No. 10, there’s still a defi nite chill in the air. It’s an ideal time to get bundled up to photograph winter- inspired portraits, without a deep freeze restricting your shooting time outdoors. Even during the winter months, when we get a milder day, the brown bracken and low sun can add a warming tone to a portrait that is unlikely to make you feel the cold. And if you're shooting now, the inevitable fl ecks of foliage can be a giveaway that spring has already sprung, stopping you from faking that dramatic winter portrait you envisioned.
However, adjusting the tone from winter warm to winter cool is quite simple using Photoshop, without having to play with your White Balance. So once you have your model appropriately dressed – hat, scarf, furryhooded coat – you're ready to head outdoors knowing that when you get back to your computer, as long as you shoot against a brighter background, you now have the tools to create a crisp, chilly- looking portrait no matter how warm it actually is.