LIGHT­ING SKILLS MIMIC GOLDEN HOUR SUN­LIGHT

Don’t wait for the per­fect mo­ment when sun streams through the win­dow – a speedlite can be as ef­fec­tive...

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01 PO­SI­TION OUT­SIDE THE WIN­DOW

A Speedlite 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.

03 SET WHITE BAL­ANCE TO SHADE

A Shady 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!

02 ADD CTO GEL TO FLASH

An or­ange gel like CTO gel (Colour tem­per­a­ture Or­ange) will warm the light emit­ted by the flash, giv­ing it the feel of low an­gle di­rect sun­shine. We tape the gel to the front of the Speedlite with mask­ing tape. You can dou­ble up the gel if you want stronger tones.

04 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 a low fo­cal length – we used 24mm here – to give a wide spread of light.

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