When shooting portraits outside, weather can put a serious damper on our end results. Luckily there are lots of workarounds to get the effect and background you’re looking for, including this trick from photographer David Bergman for transforming bleak, grey skies into beautiful blue ones:
Grey skies can leave the background of your photo looking flat and uninteresting.
And if you live in a climate where it rains a lot, this could seriously affect your shoots. Luckily, Bergman’s workaround is pretty simple: adjust your camera’s white balance to tungsten. You’ll need to then light your subject with warmer light (using warm-colored gels on your flashes).
The tungsten setting adds a blue cast to the background, and the warmth of the gels normalize the light on the subject.
- Canon 5DS R DSLR Camera Body
- Canon EF 24mm-105mm f4 L IS USM Lens
- Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT
- Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT
- Rosco Strobist Collection Flash Pack
- Rosco CalColor Kit 12″ x 12″ Filter Gels
Easy and effective.
Have any more workarounds you’d like to share?
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