Gel your flashes!

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  1. Braineack

    Braineack Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I was taking pictures of our updated bathroom, and was getting annoyed at all the color differences between the flashes, outdoors, and lights.

    I remembered that I have a color correction gel kit, and used Full CTO gels on my flashes to bring the color temp within a few hundred K of my LED lights at 3000K.

    What a difference that makes!

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    (this was after trying to correct the colors)

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    it might look crazy in camera because the camera was setting the WB to 5000K for the flashes, but once I used the wb dropper on the walls, it brought it exactly 3000K, which is the temp of my bulbs.


     
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    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

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    The lighting in the second photo looks pretty unified. Good job B!!!
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Pretty much nailed it with #2. Amazing how a few, simple tools can make life so much easier.
     
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    Braineack Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Also: If you ever want to go broke and pull out your hair for months, renovate your bathrooms.
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I've done two... and a kitchen! :irked:
     
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    Nice bathroom!
     
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    Tropicalmemories No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Photo #2 and bathroom looking good!

    Except for the excess silicone sealant in the bottom left of the picture. (Joking , I did a bathroom years ago ..... never again!).

    Could you also have adjusted the white balance color temp in the camera? I've seen the setting for this when I accidentally push the wrong button, but never done it myself.
     
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    Yeah, I think I have mine set to auto WB -- I shoot RAW so the actual number doesn't really matter to me. Was I to set it to 3000K in camera it would have looked good in camera I suspect, but auto WB with flashes sets it to like 5200K.
     
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    for anyone interested:

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    and some behind the scenes:

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    Fun Fact of the Day: The blue picture on the wall is a shot I took in Greece.

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    I had it done at Framebridge, it was only about $150 and the print is 33"x22"
     
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    petrochemist TPF junkie!

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    Looks like your bathroom is at least 3x the size of ours!

    Good job of balancing your lighting. I guess those colour correction gels do have a good use then.

    Personally I'm more likely to use rigid filters on my flashes than gels. But mine will be used for IR & UV which is somewhat non-standard! I don't know of any gels that transmit UV while blocking/reducing visible, there are quite a few that reduce visible more than they do IR but a 720nm or 830nm filter gives much better effects.
     
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    And if you want to be cute, put your camera on a tripod with a slightly wide lens, shoot from the sink looking back as if it is the reflection in the mirror and drop it in the mirror frame in post. Of course lighting it so it looks natural.

    BTW, you must spend a lot of time in post, that cat pillow looks so comfy.;)
     
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    I tried being cute, couldn't match the AOV well enough where it didnt look fake. I was shooting with my 17mm, I would have needed a 10-20mm or something to achieve it.

    I probably could have cut out the camera if i had attempted, but these for just for personal use.


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