Conquering Crappy Light

Lesson 7/32 - Shoot: Fixing Fluorescent Lighting


Conquering Crappy Light


Lesson Info

Shoot: Fixing Fluorescent Lighting

Will you be my joe? Man? We gotta find those ok? Would you would you stand on the target? Perfect. Perfect. Thank you. It's. Like where they go is evil. I'm shooting with his camera don't don't try to back out and focus on that thing I tried before. I was like, what? Uh, right, right. Set it up just for you. I'll get my manu out and pull it up my phone. Okay. That's what's hiding. All right, let me know when everybody's situated. All right, so all right, so we're going to take a look at fluorescent light and how to fix it. All right? So let's, take a look right here. I'm just going to take one shot and this is what fluorescent light looks like and let me know if that's that load, you know, if it's working okay? Oh, yeah. Looks like a good. Okay, so you guys should all be able to see really bad, nasty fluorescent light. So okay, the usual go to, for example, might be to go ahead and set your auto white balance. So I'm going to show you what auto white balance looks like. So if you look ...

out of white balance, it definitely improves things, but if you look, it is definitely still a little bit green so if you look in the shadow signs kind on the shadow side of her cheek and underneath her chin you will see that it's green it's not like a perfectly balanced image especially around the hair around the neck so I'm like, okay, I really would like to get rid of that green let's see if the fluorescent light preset works someone a click over here I'm going to go to my fluorescent light preset I'm clicking on his weight violence but in and dialing over to fluorescent okay, so I'm currently on fluorescent and take a shot and see how that looks so let's see if I've got any better in this particular situation in this particular situation it looks better but if it were still really, really bad what I would do is I would create a custom white balance using my expert desk and I know that I would get a passport color check her picture to fix later on so I'm like trying to cover my bases here we'll see if I need to do cost them make sure that I have a passport color checker so it's looking better but the problem I have is she's got shadows in her eyes, highlights on her nose and highlights on her forehead so unfortunately the quality of light is awful thankfully looking at the picture is able to get rid of all that green like I have a nice um color of light hurts skin tones actually looks skin tone what I gotta do something about that direction is you're beautiful but it's like not super flattering all right, so what I'm thinking is I've got my white balance acceptable to me so I have on thea fluorescent preset so you need to introduce flash so I'm going to do that so fast inspiring okay, so as I told you guys before what I already did is by setting the fluorescent preset fluorescent is green so I basically added a whole bunch of magenta so when I add a white light and I've shifted everything to neutralize green this way late well, now look magenta if everything goes as planned I was getting let me see how it looks uh here comes oh, beautiful. If you take a good look at that, you can see that that lights magenta and this is why we have her wearing neutral colored clothing and neutral background you'll see the highlights on her face that's from the fluorescent light is more correctly skin tone. You know vissel a little bit warm but you see that her face is definitely magenta so what you have to do is you have to mess up your flash, make it green, so when you neutralize everything it looks neutral so when you add one of the rogue color correcting fluorescent gels and because I know how my camera works there's lots of different types of those gels like you could do, like half fluorescent or full we're going to put a full on so this is fluorescent light won't cut it out so now what ideally you should do is it should make the overhead light green the group flash coming uh, the light coming out of my flash green so when I shift everything and neutralize it, everything will be neutral and a change of direction of light to be much more flattering and face me straight on right there. Perfect take a look, can't you too much of this you go and some things are pretty close, doing a little bit better? Um a couple things that you might do is well is if you think that the overhead light was like maybe a little bit warmer, you could go ahead and add a warm gel and and he's going to cover that more but that's the basics of how I would work with this if you look at it it's not perfect white balance but it's significantly better than that very, very, very first example, the very first example was green when I first added the flash it was magenta, so this is close enough that if you're shooting a party or an event or anything like that it's. Absolutely passable. If you wanted to be even better, you'd grab your expo disc, do your custom white balance, and then maybe tweak a little bit more with the gels. Will you turn that way? Okay, if you consider the camera can see her face from there. The light on her face is significantly better when she turned to the sign, because she has a whole bank of fluorescence that way, that's filling in her face. However, if she turns back this way, the camera will get that she turns back this way. She's got a highlight on her nose and shadows in her eyes because there's nothing filling ahead of her it's, just overhead light. So even in this situation, direction of light makes a huge difference. Even a fluorescent lit room.

Class Description

Photographers constantly search to capture that decisive moment. Unfortunately that moment seldom happens under ideal photographic conditions. In this class you'll learn how to quickly overcome all of the most common crappy lighting scenarios. With the aid of these simple techniques and minimal equipment, you'll be empowered to walk into any setting and emerge with beautiful imagery.


Julie Addison

I thought I understood about light before I took this course. How wrong could I be? I have re-watched this course over and over and I just love it. Quality of light, direction of light - so many crappy light situations. Learning how to actually set a white balance instead of purely relying on the camera presets and learning colour correction by the color checker was also invaluable to me. This course is so affordable. I would recommend it to anyone from beginner to advanced as you will get more out of it than you think. I love the way Lindsay and Erik work together. No right or wrong way - just showing the differences in their styles to accomplish the same end result. Well done guys. Now to have more courses by Erik would be great. Again, can't' thank creative live enough and Erik and Lindsay for this course. Love, Love, Love It!!!!