Get it right in camera. One of those mantras that you hear often from the photography community and one that we adhere to when possible. The hard part is knowing what is possible in camera. Let’s talk about shifting color in camera with this set from Mimi’s senior portrait session.
Looking at the photos you can see the Austin city skyline has shifted from blue to purple to give the photographs an almost comic book look. We accomplished this by adding a yellow gel (from ExpoImaging) to our main light inside a Lastolite EzyBox. We added a green gel to the bare speedlight used as a rim light to pick up motivated lighting from the green light in the building just behind us. We pulled out our trusty ColorChecker Passport to set a custom white balance in camera giving us a realistic skin tone for the light falling from that angle.
This shifted the yellow main light by adding blue/purple color units, thus shifting the ungelled background the same amount. Color shifting like this isn’t something intuitive so it takes some experimenting and experience. However, once you understand the relationships you can push colors as desired.
Play with color for Anytime Light! It’s like kindergarten all over again, except now with strobes instead of Crayola.
To Josh, life is one big adventure. He founded AzulOx Visuals in 2009, AzulOx Commercial Photography in 2014 and has been exploring the world and new photographic techniques ever since. Josh loves to use his photographs to tell stories, and he excels in designing creative story-boarded shoots. Josh is passionate about photography and the creative development of his students. He uses a variety of teaching techniques to help his students realize their photographic vision.
Josh is a husband and father to 2 young boys- who are junior models and photographers in training.