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...
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.