I’ve been experimenting with colouring my Speedlites with strongly coloured gels and then using either in-camera custom white balance or white balance adjustments in post production to introduce more extreme colour casts in the background of my pictures.
When white is not white
Custom white balance
I did set a custom white balance from the picture of the Xpo Balance. However since the target was actually used the wrong way round the white balance wasn’t as good as it should have been. Lauren-Christina looked a little greener on the back of the camera than I hoped. However in Lightroom I clicked on the grey panel to set the white balance.
As you can see from the white balance corrected shot on the left below the ambient light in the background behind the model is very strongly green / cyan toned. Oxford sunshine is not normally that green 🙂
Green is not a colour that normally works for lighting beautiful models like Lauren-Christina. So I did push this picture a little more in Lightroom to lighten the effect and even out the skin tone. It’s a combination of reducing the highlight and white sliders, with an increase in the shadows then applying a tone curve too.
Split tone added in Lightroom
I preferred how the picture looked when I added some split toning in Lightroom too…
For these pictures I used a “primary red” filter gel from Lee Filters to shift the colour of the flash.
Even though I shoot almost exclusively in RAW I find that getting the white balance good in the camera is a real help.