Mimic golden hour sunlight
1 Position outside the window
A Speedlight placed outside the window lets us recreate sunlight. We used a Yongnuo flash here, fitted with a radio receiver so we can fire it remotely. Keep the height of the flash low, and play with the positioning to see how it affects the shafts of light.
2 Add CTO gel to the flash
A CTO (Colour temperature Orange) gel will warm the light emitted by the flash, giving it the feel of low-angle direct sunshine. We taped the gel to the front of the Speedlight with masking tape. You can double up the gel if you want stronger tones.
3 Set white balance to Shade
A Shade white balance setting will warm up the tones in the scene, giving it a golden hour feel. Of course, it helps if you shoot in Raw as you have the freedom to change the white balance after the shoot with the same results as if you’d set it beforehand!
4 Full flash power
We need to keep the flash power high so that it overpowers the ambient light in the room. To do so, begin by setting the flash to Manual mode and dial in full 1/1 power. Set the flash zoom to a low focal length – we used 24mm here – to give a wide spread of light.