hey everyone today I'm going to be teaching you how to use flash and a reflector to balance ambient light so the other day Tony and I were out taking pictures in these beautiful fall leaves and I noticed that the reflection of the leaves was making his face look really orange and unattractive so it was this beautiful glow in the background and then it was kind of yucky and you go and he try to balance it and post-processing and it can be a mess so instead we pulled out a flash and a reflector I'm going to bounce a little bit of light onto him and make his skin tones look more natural so you can see that without the flash we still have nice light but there are some dark shadows on his face and there's an orangish tint so I turned my flash on and I have it at 1/16 but it will be different for everyone depending on your environment so I'm getting a bit of dappled light on his face so I'm having him move back and then I'm gonna have to move my flashes anytime you're just shooting with sunlight as the main light you just end up chasing the Sun a little bit it just moves around the Sun is coming through trees so very dynamic so is the model I'm actually looking to see where the Sun is hitting me and getting it blocked as much as possible because that's a hard light that's going to look bad oh we got a car coming and because we're in the street we're managing the vehicle traffic alright let's try that again and I'm just going to crouch down to get some of those bright leaves in the background and now the light looks even it still has the same warm tones it doesn't seem like it's two different light sources but it looks a lot better that looks nice but it's go pretty warm from the finish so just for you a little bit more good oh no sir I might even anymore output from the flash yeah I'm still coming it really orange so I moved my flash and reflected to the other side because he was getting a lot of the light bounced off of these leaves and into his face and the sunlight is coming from this side which isn't going to be as warm so I'm trying it from this angle as well and so far the light is coming out a little bit better haha I think these look good what do you think I think we got it yeah I think they look nice so now I'm gonna upload my photos and look at them and do a little bit of post-processing so I cold through my pictures and I pulled up a few pictures that serve as a good example so first you can see what our photo looked like without flash doesn't look bad there's not really a catch light in the eyes and tawny skin tones are bit yellow but I wouldn't say it's anything too extreme but with the flash you can see that it adds a little bit of hard light you can see there's a catch light in his eyes and his skin tones are more natural so let's go back there just so I can show you so without a flash with a flash now I will say even when you're using the flash and the reflector you'll still get some yellow skin tones but they're easier to fix and post and this is why it makes all of the the ambient colors the ambient light more of a similar color so when you're working with no flash you'll see you just get some yellow highlights maybe just around the person's chin or maybe just on the apples of their cheeks or just in the catch light when you use the flash even though the overall tone might be more yellow since you have all of these yellow leaves bouncing yellow everywhere it's bound to happen so even though you have that yellow the flash is neutralizing the highlights and neutralizing a lot of the colors on the face and making the colors of the light more even so there aren't really drastic changes so let's say you get your picture pulled into Photoshop and it's a little bit yellow I'll show you what you can do to make the skin more neutral I think this photo is fine but just as an example I'll show you so click here go to selective color and choose the yellows and then I'm going to move Tony aside so I can see what I'm doing here and you play with these sliders to get the skin tones colors that you want them to be so of course we'll drag down the yellows if you do it too much then your subjects face will start to look ashy or unnatural here it's not bad so I'll just drag it down to about negative 15% you'll see that that starts to impact the Magento's because you're pulling out the yellows then the Pink's start to look more prominent so we'll pull down the magenta is a bit okay now what you may have noticed is that it also impacted the colors of the trees that's really subtle you can do much more if you're having more of a problem with it select your mask and do ctrl or command I and that will invert your mask so now those edits are nowhere to be seen you'll have to take your brush use white and then brush in your edits so I'm doing ctrl + the zoom in I could use my Wacom tablet but I'm not say that because you guys always tell them I walk home shortcuts and I just tend to go between my tablet and my keyboard so if it's not drastic enough you can go back to your slider by double clicking here so we can make Tony's face more pink and see if we drag down the magenta as he looks very green I'm just showing you the capabilities because my edit isn't it's so subtle it's difficult to see what I'm doing so I'm kind of just playing around to show you what it's capable of here okay I'll go back to my mask and I'll make sure that I paint this in more neatly so that I don't miss any spots I'll get his hair too because his hair is white so you know we don't want it to look yellow like an old lady would be nice and bright and then I will lower my opacity to about 80% and I'll encourage you to do that too I usually like to make my edits and then back off them so that's pretty much it for the color casting video but I'm just going to show you a few extra tips while we're here things that I would do to this photo and they involve that selective color again so I would go to the selective color once again and still I've selected two yellows because I'm going to add more color to the leaves make them more Orange II play around bring up the yellows brighten that up and bring the blacks up just a tiny bit to add more contrast trying to drop this in here there we go and then once again I'll select the mask controller command I and I will paint in those edits so I have my mask selected and then I'll use my paintbrush with some white and I'll just add in more color I want to make sure not to paint over Tony because we don't want him to look orange that defeats the purpose but you can see that the colors just look slightly more intense but still natural and then one other thing I usually do I'll go into a curves layer and then drop my curves down a bit again ctrl I to invert it and then I will paint in some shadows where they're lost sometimes you can add light and people lose the dimension on their face so here wow that's not right we want a very soft brush and I'll make it a bit bigger and just bring those shadows back in under his jaw and then like I usually do it back off my edits a little bit and you can see that that just adds some shadows back to his face and I also like to add shadows to people's hair ones because that can tend to get blown out and I just keep going because now I'm stuck in this edit and I can't stop so now we're going to curves and we're pulling them up to make your picture brighter ctrl I to invert it again and the same thing you can paint in some highlights if you want add that bridge back to his nose that got lost and that looks a little unnatural but you know me I'm going to back off of that a little bit now go down to about 50% with that very subtle and there you have it so you can see Tony no longer looks yellow and the background has more color added to it so it's more vibrant while still looking natural if you liked this video please subscribe and like and we'll be putting out more free videos just like this one if you'd like to see 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Outdoor Portrait Essentials: Overcoming Bad Color in Ambient Light

23 thoughts on “Outdoor Portrait Essentials: Overcoming Bad Color in Ambient Light

  • July 28, 2019 at 2:02 am
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  • July 28, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    I cannot take Tony's face seriously since you guys did the G.A.S. pseudo commercial – I keep seeing Tony's face while the side effects were being read. Hilarious.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    this is a good asmr. sweet voice

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  • July 28, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    What camera seating do you use?

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  • July 28, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    whats the point of doing all those adjustments in photoshop apposed to lightroom? Serious question they seemed pretty basic like curves and simple dodging and burning. In the real world you might have twenty to possibly hundreds of pictures from a senior shoot or wedding that would be easier to manage in lightroom.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    By moving the flash over to the shadow side were you filling the shadows with a neutral cast in the light coming from the flash so that you could equalize the neutral cast in the hi-lights from the sky?

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  • July 28, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    Again with Chelsea and her Bob Ross style edits. So relaxing 😴😴😴

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  • July 28, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    ??? most of this video was processing ???
    unfortunately the hassle of buying and setting up two light stands, flash, controller, reflector, reflector holder and a sandbag or two will NOT be worth it for most natural light shooters unless it SIGNIFICANTLY saves PP time. in this case i don't think it did that 🙂
    – so i wouldn't consider the title appropriate ( "essentials" )

    – don't get me wrong……i DO stress the benefits of using flash for outdoor portraits, but i don't think this tutorial will make many natural light shooters make the switch 😉

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  • July 28, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    I'm doomed because I don't see the color difference from one shot to another. I see the light change.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    Bad composition , you could at least frame Tony in between both trees; and highlights in the background look bad you should always take care of your highlights

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  • July 28, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    Tony should have put Chelsea in the wagon, and pulled her to the location lol

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  • July 28, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    Love the wife/husband team dynamics. My wife and I will try this again.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    I would love to see how you use gels during events and portraits for color balance!

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  • July 28, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    Thanks for this nice video, nice colors.. Can you tell me about this fine soundtrack, I love it. Many thanks. Marc (France)

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  • July 28, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    I did not like the house in the background at all. You had such a beautiful environment but it seems a bit wasted.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    I m keep on watching ur vedios but today i realized that I havnt subscribed u. So i did now

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  • July 28, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    I love the music!!

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  • July 28, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    it's nice at Northrup's who is cool and lightweight with one camera ? Tony
    and who is carrying the heavy gear ? Chelsea !!!
    😉

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  • July 28, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    Yeah but can you make Donald Trump look less orange? I think NOT!

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  • July 28, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    Funny think is the most important piece of equipment there was the sand bag. Life saver

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  • July 28, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    2:25 wow, Digital Stabilization makes me see the LSD-trip again… wohohooo

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  • July 28, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    Forgive me if this is a newbie question, but…why not just take a photo including a white balance card, then use that in post to create a custom white balance? It seems to me the original problem, the light being too warm, is a huge balance issue that can be fixed this way. Yes? No?

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  • July 28, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    beautiful shot video ! and music selection

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