How to get a warmer looking picture?

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  1. MckenzieMontague

    MckenzieMontague TPF Noob!

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    I am trying to photograph people outdoors. I would like to achieve a warm soft look. How would I go about doing that? Do you recomend a gold reflector? Please see the following website for some examples on how I would like my photos to look.

    http://www.crawfordsphotography.com/

    Most of the outdoor photos have a really nice glow to them. I am open for any suggestions.
     
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    Torus34 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Film or digital?
     
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    You could:

    use a gold reflector
    use a gold flash diffuser
    use a warming filter
    adjust your WB warmer
    add the warmth in post-processing
    shoot within an hour or so of sunrise or sunset (this is how I think they got the warm glow in the outdoor photos from the link you posted)
     
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    I highly recommend shooting at "the golden hour" as the optimum way to get this. You tend to get more pleasing light overall, not just the color, but the other methods are decent ways to fake it.
     
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    I use digital. Thank you so much for your help. I will keep these methods in mind.
     
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    adjust colour balance in PS, add a touch of yellow, not too much though.
     
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    easiest way to achieve a "warmer" look, is to set your white balance to "cloudy"
     
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    Do I set my white balance to cloudy even if I am shooting in the evening? Thank you for your help.
     
  9. ksmattfish

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    Setting your wb to cloudy adds warmth, so you would probably use this technique to add warmth when the available light didn't have enough to your eye.

    The lower the sun is in the sky, with some variation due to clouds, mountains, pollution, etc..., the warmer the direct sunlight will be, until it is extremely warm just before sunset (or just after sunrise). It's up to you to decide how warm is too warm, or not enough.
     
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    You could use a light blue piece of paper to set your custom WB. Basically the same as setting it to cloudy etc.
     

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