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Creative White Balance

 

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Creative White Balance

Now our final video in this chapter is all about creative wipeout, which is totally my favorite use for white balance and jails and so forth because this is how you create the holy crap. How did you do that kind of emotion in your client's? I hope I didn't freak you all out right now, but this is basically where we will intentionally modify the color of our flash for creative purposes I'm gonna have the perfect illustration is featuring again jill who is in our lovely or in her lovely swimsuit not our subsidies I'm borrowing ourselves would that be weird she's in herself suit now we're shooting this shot the son is you can see just behind her head right here and it's setting and this is writer on forty five hundred grease kelvin we can see that we get this nice what kind of orange look in the background which looks nice and everything. I added a jelled flash I had in it kind of an inkling that I did want to gel the flash basically. But I wanted to see what the background look like whil...

e she was lit up and as soon as I took the shot I'm like yeah, you know, she's got this blue bikini on and if I really made the background pop it was blue as well it would work so well with that bikini also I wanted to look dramatic, I want the water to look crazy blue, I want everything to look just amazing, and right here it looks cool and everything, but it has just a little bit of something missing. So with a gentle my flash, I have my assistant hold a silver reflector. We're going to talk about this more in a specific case study on how we approach the scene, but here are the basics have my flash jail. I'm at thirty five fifty kelvin in camera, okay? And all I'm doing is bouncing off this reflector that's to the left of me as we shoot her and we place her right basically in front of the sunset, and we simply take a few shots as the water is rolling in now, because my flash is my dominant light and because it's been jelled toe orange when I balance so that this light is slightly neutral, slightly warm, then it sends the background into a deep, deep blue, and this is one of my favorite use of this is this kind of almost became known as the sports illustrated effect because sports illustrated used to use this effect so much in all their photos, they would always do this, they would get these super blue backgrounds and all just cause they gel there, flash and so forth. But it's an ashley fantastic look, whether you're doing couple session, whether you're doing something like this it's, a great look and it's going to make it climbs go holy cow! That doesn't look anything like it does here in real life. Now, here the primary tips for this kind of creative white balance techniques just the same as corrective white balancing. We don't wantto basically mix multiple colors of light across someone's face, okay, meaning, and this is going to play mohr into when we, when we talk about using off camera lights and then jelling off camera lights two different colors when we want to do is make sure that each of those lights isn't overlapping with each other. If I use a yellow light behind the body and a blue light in front of body, I want to make sure that those lights don't cross over the face. If you get mixed light over a face, it generally is not gonna look good because you'll have this transition from yellow to blue and it's not gonna look natural, so we try and separate that. Even when you're trying to create like a kicker on the side of the face, you want to make sure that the kicker, if it's blue it stops here and in your other color here, doesn't kind of transition into it looks messy. If you get light bleeding into each other, so we want to make sure is that we're not lighting our subject with multiple colors of light, so if you'll notice in this shot, the exposure on her is she's almost pitch black. Okay, so the light that I'm adding is primarily it's almost one hundred percent flash I'm cutting out all of the ambient light so that this is the dominant light over the front of her body, and so that way we don't have any mixed lighting over skin. Okay, so that's basically what we're doing here so don't like the same subject with light sources of different colors create a clear separation between light colors and don't allow different colors to bleed one over one another that's the same thing we're talking about, like kind of lighting from behind lighting from the front two different colors light we don't want them to bleed over one another same things before remember that jelling does reduce power for this shot were bouncing off of a silver reflector and I'm flashing probably around I think this was around one quarter power one quarter toe one eighth power off that reflector again, it's all about distance I generally don't like to use tl and we'll talk about that later on just because I like to have control over that power and have very specific and precise control again, we're covering the entire flash and with a gel the most commonly use gel again for both creative and corrected purposes is this cto we're using the same exact cto and if you want to get the background even more crazy blue, I don't know, I really wouldn't want to for this particular shot because this looks enough crazy blue for me. But you could stack another gel and stacking on the job will pull this light even more orange you khun balance down to say, twenty, six hundred degrees kelvin and in the background becomes even more blue. So remember that you can get kind of take it as far as you want for the pretty good style and the look that you want your images but this is one of my favorite uses for gels is for that creative effect in your images. All right, so this is jelling for creative effect, and we will cover it more as we go through the workshop will get into additional details and additional examples, but this is one my favorite uses for flashes to gel and create these creative effects because it makes for images that makes your clients just drop their job, they just go, what the heck, how did you do that? This looks nothing like that.

Class Description


Lighting 101 follows in Photography 101's footsteps. Photography 101 takes students up through Manual Mode mastery and provides a foundation in natural light techniques and modifications. Lighting 101 picks up by teaching all about flash and light modification. But, just like Photography 101, we want Lighting 101 to be the most accessible lighting course available. So we teach you everything about flash lighting, light modification, ambient to flash balance, lighting patterns, off-camera lighting and even multi-point off-camera light setups. But, what makes Lighting 101 truly special is that we do all of this with nothing but your on-camera hot shoe flash. Every image shown and created in this course was created with a DSLR and just a single on-camera hot shoe speed light. 

Lessons

1Chapter 1 Introduction
2Why Just One On-Camera Flash
35 Reasons to Use Flash
4Common Flash Myths
5What Makes Flash Challenging?
6Chapter 2 Introduction
7Flash-Strobe vs. Ambient-Constant Light
8Flash vs. Ambient Light Exposure
9Flash vs. Ambient Demo
10Flash and Ambient Balancing for Natural Effect
11Flash and Ambient Balancing for Dramatic Effect
12Flash and Ambient Balancing for Creative Effect
13Understanding Flash Duration
14Chapter 3 Introduction
155 Common Key Light Patterns
165 Common Key Light Patterns w/ Diffusion & Fill
175 Common Secondary Light Patterns
183 Primary Subject Patterns
19Light Qualities
20The Inverse Square Law
21Inverse Square Law in Practice
22Corrective White Balance
23Creative White Balance
24Chapter 4 Introduction
25On Board vs. Hot Shoe Flash
26Full Feature vs. Manual Flashes
27TTL vs. Manual Control
28TTL vs. Manual Recycle Times
29Flash Power & Zoom
30HHS vs. ND Filters
31FCS vs. RCS
32Chapter 5 Introduction
334 Tips When You Must Use Direct Flash
34Bare Bulbing Done Right
35Grid Snoot + Direct Flash
36Mini Beauty + Direct Flash
37Ring + Direct Flash
38Understanding Modifiers
39Direct Flash + Shutter Flash
40Chapter 6 Introduction
41Ambient vs. Direct Flash vs. Bounce Flash
42Silver Bounce
43More Light Silver
44Soft White Bounce
45Overhead Bounce
46Overhead Bounce + Fill
47Event Bounce
48Chapter 7 Introduction
49Natural vs. Dramatic Light
50Filling and Refining Existing Light
51Coloring Light for Corrective Effect
52Coloring Light for Creative Effect
53Chapter 8 Introduction
54Case Study 1 - Dramatic Sunset
55Case Study 2 - Desert Sunset
56Case Study 3 - Sinister Headshot
57Case Study 4 - Family Portrait
58Case Study 5 - Athlete Portraits
59Case Study 6 - Working Angles
60Case Study 7 - Drag + Composite
61Case Study 8 - Less is More
62The Good Karma Jar
63Favorite Feature Flashes
64Favorite Manual Flashes
65Favorite On Camera Flash Modifiers