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12-24-2015, 07:55 PM   #1
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Preserve ambience color when using flash

I'm attending a wedding at a venue that has lots and lots of colored lighting going on - I want to preserve the mood of that - at the same time I will need to use my own lighting as well.

The color of the existing light gradually changes throughout the entire spectrum and I wont be able to keep up with that in regards to using gels.

Is there one gel colors you'd recommend over others, or should I just shoot using flash without any gel?

To give you an better idea: following is a photo is from the venue (not shot by me) - I'd like to preserve the background, but have a much better lit and more neutralized, in regards to WB, foreground.


Another thing - the colors can be strong at times - Is there anything in particular I should pay attention to, in order to preserve detail/exposure quality?



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You're pretty much screwed.
You can keep your flash power down to only help fill in shadows and freeze some action, but your flash is not going to match the ambient light most of the time and it will look odd. Like you said, you could not keep up with changing gels.
You could also flood with flash and obliterate the ambient. But that is not what you want.

Pretty much deal with it, or open up your ISO as high as tolerable (maybe even a bit higher) to get a decent shutter speed, and don't use flash.
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If you can use the existing light, assuming it's strong enough, then you can make any needed adjustments in post-processing, I suppose. But you'd be color correcting all the red photos together, all the green photos together, all the blue photos together.... You get the idea.

If you don't mind the flash from your strobe being different than the ambient light, then just use flash as normal.
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If you are lucky enought to be shooting with a k3, ks1 or ks2 then the multi light white balance setting is a life saver. I recently shot an Indian wedding with multiple light sources and changing light colors. This setting on the k3 saved many hours of post. IMHO if you shoot weddings this is the main feature on the k3 that makes it more than worth the money. Time is money.

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Thanks for the replies. I figured it would be troublesome but wanted to ask anyways.

I'm already used to group photos depending on different color temperatures, just not as much with colors as pronounced as in the shown photo - what I've noticed so far (it's not something I have too much experience with and not a style I've strived for), is that the ambience colors become too desaturated. I could exaggerate them using color sliders, but I generally don't like doing that as they can affect actual colors from for example dresses as well. Clipped colors on walls can be ok, but not so much when it comes to clothes or decoration.

I don't mind the flash to be different. I want the flash to be neutral in color.

I'm shooting with K-3 II and regarding multi light white balance, isn't that unsupported in Lightroom? I always shoot RAW and would hate not to be able to use LR.
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I'm now considering using a blue gel - when setting WB after this, many of the other colors should appear warmer.
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with a snoot you can highlight parts while leaving the rest. Not so good with spur of the moment. A bride and dress in sharp focus and true color while rest is ambient slow aperture and situation color can be great but hard to do on the fly. I tested this under extreme lighting and feel it's only good for controlled circumstances.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Zafar Iqbal Quote

I'm shooting with K-3 II and regarding multi light white balance, isn't that unsupported in Lightroom? I always shoot RAW and would hate not to be able to use LR.
Zafar, I am a LR user too, but just found that Silkypix standard/pro version much easier to deal with color (skin tones etc.) much easier than LR. And I also like such as cropping more intuitive and easy to apply in Silkypix. Now I use Silkypix mainly for RAW development and then use LR for catalogue, watermark, resizing and fine tuning only. BTW, Silkypix has a promotion going on now.

I can understand your dilemma for complex lighting which I encounter most of the time in most event shootings where sometimes they use intense LED light. In general, if the quality of light is not good, I will use flash to enhance it; since you mention about preserving color of the dress, it is always a good idea to give a dash of neutral light from the flash when you can.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Zafar Iqbal Quote
...I'm shooting with K-3 II and regarding multi light white balance, isn't that unsupported in Lightroom? I always shoot RAW and would hate not to be able to use LR.
Use DNG+JPG if you aren't taking bursts that fill the buffer. You can then load both into LR to see whether the JPG (with baked-in multi WB) or DNG (with a single WB but more processing leeway) works better for your processing needs.
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Thanks for the suggestions.

The wedding was held yesterday and either it's my lack of experience with such lighting, or there just wasn't as much color that day, as expected. There was enough of it to have good moody photos though, so I'm not all that sad
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