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Matching flash WB to natural sunlight with a gel
« on: October 06, 2012, 05:38:25 PM »
When I use my speedlight during an evening portrait shoot, there's a big difference in WB between the flash and the natural light. Is there a gel color that can counteract this?
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Matching flash WB to natural sunlight with a gel
« on: October 06, 2012, 05:38:25 PM »

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Re: Matching flash WB to natural sunlight with a gel
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2012, 06:16:07 PM »
Evening light is usually slightly warmer than straight daylight.

Best advice would be to start with a 1/4 CTO gel and see if you are closer, then move up to 1/2 CTO or full if needed.

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Re: Matching flash WB to natural sunlight with a gel
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2012, 10:05:39 AM »
YES Color Temperature Orange/CTO gel of Various densities, go easy and you will get warm colors and maintain a balance.
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Re: Matching flash WB to natural sunlight with a gel
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2012, 02:59:59 AM »
Also consider straw-colored filters as a good alternative to the orange cto's.


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Re: Matching flash WB to natural sunlight with a gel
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2012, 09:57:13 AM »
I use both CTO and CTS. CTO is more on the reddish so I use it when the subject is on the pale side. If the person is more on the tanned side I use A CTS. This is just not for evening shots but event photography. Lately I find that I use the CTS more often.   

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Re: Matching flash WB to natural sunlight with a gel
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2012, 11:52:24 AM »
I've had great success using (forgive the language) Bastard Amber gels in 1/4 to 1/2 cuts under warm sunlight.

Lay an oversized piece over the opening of a stofen or omnibounce and squish the face of your head into it for a nice snug fit with no light leak.  Crumples the heck out of the gel, but who cares.  Tape it on for full flash.

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Re: Matching flash WB to natural sunlight with a gel
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2012, 11:52:24 AM »