Winters can be harsh. And for a portrait photographer, the conditions can make it even more difficult to work. It can thus be a good idea to work in the comfort of your lovely warm home. All you’ll need is a small home studio and some lights. Photographer Gavin Hoey from Adorama shows you how:
As Hoey demonstrates in the video, you can add a festive and warm feeling to the image by using some Christmas lights. The key here is to start off by exposing for the LED lights. Then, add in your flash to expose for the model. Since flashes have a cooler color temperature, add an orange gel to make the image appear warmer. Then, post-process the image as required.
Besides working with Christmas lights, you can think of other props to give a feeling of warmth and coziness. You can shoot near a fireplace, have the model drink some hot chocolate, or simply photograph them reading a book bundled up in the blankets.
What other ideas can you think of?
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