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Day Three at the speedlight workshop at Anderson Ranch


Our next step in learning how to make compelling photographs with speedlights at Anderson Ranch Art Center was to work with shifting the white balance of the camera, and then adding gels over the speedlight to create an interesting effect.

In the demonstration,  I first shot a frame with normal daylight balance. 

Then I changed the white balance to tungsten.  By doing this, the camera thinks the lighting is more yellow than in daylight, and adds blue to the file to compensate.

 This adds a richer blue to the sky and all the other elements lit by the sun, and even by a speedlight, which is daylight balanced.

 To correct this, I placed a Rosco full  CTO gel over the speedlight to bring the white balance to tungsten, thus making the light appear neutral to the camera.

 Finally, I added two more speedlights to the left rear and directly behind my subject to separate him from the background.  These units also had CTO gel on them.

 The key light was a Canon speedlight inside a  LightwareDirect Foursquare softbox, and the two Canon fill lights had Rogue grids from Expo Imaging on them. 

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