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Holiday Photos 2018

It's that time of year again. Time for the annual holiday photo.

For the past 6 months or so, whenever I've done taken flashed photos, I've tried to take the time to gel my lights. Why? Because reading through the Strobist 103 series gave me a more critical eye on the light color. When I first starting shooting with off-camera flash, I was just in love with the ability to control the direction and shadow characteristics of light. I didn't pay all that much attention to the color actually.


But color is vitally important. It's one of the key lighting factors in creating the mood or selling the look. But photography strobes have a color that I wouldn't call "unnatural", but it's true that you just don't see light in that color very often. You only see 5600K sunlight at high noon, in broad daylight, on a clear day, without a lot of reflective surfaces around, and technically only at a certain latitude. The sunlight you see in any other situation,…

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