On March 21st, I am teaching a class at Bay Area Photo Club on “Using Flash Creatively” so I thought I might try to learn something about it before I try to teach the class!
Meet Christine. Steve and I had the pleasure of photographing her on Sunday. She was a real joy to work with.
In today’s photo, I wanted to simulate a sunset photo at an old barn. The sky was overcast with very little color in it. I set my white balance in the camera to 8,600K which made the ambient light turn more golden. I then sent light from a Nikon SB800 (with an orange gel) through an old gate with slates. I wanted the Nikon SB800 to light-up the background and also provide some shadows on the wall behind Christine.
Christine is totally lighted by the defused light of the overcast sky.
I believe that the shadows more interest into the wall and increased the feeling of depth to the image.
Lightroom 4—applied Nikon Portrait preset during import, set white and black points, decreased shadows and increased highlights and added vibrance and clarity.
Photoshop CS5—applied nik Color Efex Pro glamour glow and pro contrast to image.