Postcard-blue Sky and Mountains
Sometimes life is a bitch. For example, when everybody around you agrees that the mountains at your location are breathtaking scenic background for the photo they want you to take. However you - the photographer - seem to be the only one thinking that those mountains are not looking so spectacular after all, but rather... dull, at least in this cloudy weather. But hey, they did not hire you to be the party pooper but to make spectacular photos, which is actually pretty easy.
Deep down in your camera bag you have a couple of color temperature orange (CTO) gels. Sure, this babies are pretty small and screaming orange, but that is exactly why they let sky, the mountains and the lake look postcard-blue in our outdoor portraits. Of course you will use a flash to light your subjects, won't you?
1. Subjects posing in front of the scenery with lake and mountains
2. Two shoot through umbrellas with speedlights, guide number 58 on about 1/8th power
3. Camera with APS-C sized sensor, ISO 200, f/8,0, 1/160 sec, zoom @ 22 mm
I wish you good light!
In Issue 09 of Good Light! Magazine, the awesome Laya Gerlock shows you how you can use this technique to make awesome portraits in urban environments. Isn't it funny, how Laya, who is living on the beautiful Phillipines is seeking an urban background for his photos, while I, living in the industrialized Germany, drive 800 kilometers to Switzerland in order to capture scenery?
What are your favorite locations for photos? Let me know in the comments below!