Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Strobe Lighting and Color Correction.

How many of you readers are photographers? Keep reading, I hope you will find this interesting.

I have to admit it, I am not a preeminent photographer - yet ;) - and as with most things in life, there is always room for improvement. Over the last couple of weeks I have been thinking about lighting - speedlights to be exact. Have you noticed how your foreground at receptions might be nice and color balanced (i.e. white dress) but the background has a strange green or orange cast? This is generally not a significant issue but can become annoying for someone that wades through thousands of images every week. The problem is related to the existence of multiple light sources, one being your flash. Photoshop is not the answer unless you like masking and playing with curves on every shot.

What is the solution? You can crank down your ambient exposure in which case you get the black hole effect where your subjects looks like they are dancing alone in complete darkness. You can light the background to overpower the ambient light (how much lighting do you take to a wedding anyways?) Or you can try what I picked up from a Christian LaLonde Masterclass at WPPI 2006 and gel your speedlight. AHHHHH magic! Gelling every light in the reception room is the alternative but I can't imaging bringing enough gels or a ladder to do that. The concept isn't new and many photographers are well aware of this solution. But it is still worth talking about every once in a while. Rosco and Lee are big suppliers to the industry and have plenty of info on their websites to help you accomplish this.

This leads to another thing. I came across an incredible blog today I just had to share, The Strobist. The author provides some great information!

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