Wedding Photography Tips for Beginners – Properly White Balancing Your Photos Part 2

I’ve written these articles to give you some basic and intermediate ideas to correctly color balance your photos throughout a wedding. As I stated in the opposite article, a marriage has several light sources and these light sources compete to become the principle light with your photos. The problem is, if these light sources have very different color temperatures, your images can have an incorrect white balance. Imagine going for a picture in which the room is lit by fluorescent overhead lighting, but also in the corner of the room there is a pair of candles looking at a white wall. These two different light sources will provide you with an incorrect white balance. To keep this from happening, you’ll need being aware of light sources within a wedding. I discussed this within the first article, as well as utilizing your flash with no colored gel in daylight, or where the principle light source is daylight. In this article I will provide you with tips about how to properly gel your flash in several lighting circumstances.

Indoors you may normally be facing one of three main light sources. These are: daylight, fluorescent, and tungsten. When you enter an area you may need being able to identify the primary method to obtain light, then match it. I brought up daylight inside the previous article. If your light is fluorescent, they you need to put a fluorescent gel on your flash and hang the white balance on the camera to fluorescent lighting. Nowadays there are different styles of fluorescent lighting with assorted color temperatures. This means you simply must possess a few different fluorescent gels together with you. Likewise, you’ll need a few different CTO gels to match several types of tungsten lighting. These tungsten gels are: full CTO, 1/2 CTO, and 1/4 CTO. As before, put a CTO gel on your own flash as well as set the white balance in your camera to tungsten. With either a fluorescent gel or CTO gel, try different styles out and discover what matches best the key light in the space.

If you enter an area and discover competing light sources you will need to remedy the situation. In the opening example with the space lit by candles and fluorescent lighting you’ve got two choices: blow out the candles or shut off the overhead lighting. If the candles are not going being in frame, or they’re far enough from where you’re shooting in a way that these are not producing competing light then you can definitely shoot not an issue. Following this principle, if I enter an area as there are tungsten light, I am not planning to shoot with my bare flash (that’s made to check daylight). I need to identify that the key source is tungsten, and place on the gel to complement it.

Lastly, sunrise and sunset is not normal daylight! This means when shooting wedding ceremony couple with all the sunset in the background for instance, you simply must utilize a CTO gel in your flash. Which one? As stated above, try different ones, and find out what one is best suited for the lighting the sun is producing only at that particular serious amounts of place. Hope these guidelines help. Good Luck!