EDIT SKILLS: COOL BLUES

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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.

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