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FOOLING AROUND WITH BLUE GELS

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PHOTOGRAPHY by KRISS on 20 october 2016

If you forget a second about the fact that this photo is out of focus, bland, rushed and just not good, it’s actually pretty good ! Let me explain… Yesterday I went to assist my friend Jimmy with lights on a photoshoot of his and as he allowed me, I grabbed a camera, a 70-200mm on it and an old flashgun I definitely need to change on which I put a blue gel.

I chose the darkest place of the set we settled and didn’t have much light to focus (which explains the out of focus).
I only lit that portrait of the beautiful Victoria with a flashgun mounted on camera bouncing behind me on a small (1m round) white reflector.
I shot this at 200mm on a full frame so you can guess my distance from the subject.

I will post the untouched raw for you to see how bad it primarily is.
But it does get a lot better in Lightroom in about 5 minutes and that’s the beauty of it ! First I adjusted the temperature and color a bit to move from the all blue atmosphere.
I moved to a warmer temperature and slightly more purple for the color.
I adjusted the contrast, the sharpness and decreased the clarity slightly to recover the bad focus.

I then painted the skin with a brush (I always set my brush at maximum minus exposure to paint in black), avoiding the eyes.
I adjusted the temperature and color again to recover some of the tones of her skin, desaturated a bit, over exposed slightly, enhanced the highlights and that’s it.
I then painted the white of the eyes and did the same.
This is the final result, the pinkish color in the background is the end of the tunnel I shot this through where the natural light was a lot more yellow on an orange wall.

This was done very quickly with poor lighting, rushed posing etc but I believe this blue gel can do wonders I I can’t wait to try it some more !

#techniques #bluegel

FOOLING AROUND WITH BLUE GELS

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