|Event-Fotografie A. Tofahrn|
The perfect light
In principle I am not a fan of speedlights. Maybe it's because I've never been
in touch with the right material. But for my taste most speedlight images are
either totally flat or have a massive light-falloff between the object and
the background. At least they completely change the mood given from natural
illimunation which is exactly what I prefer to capture. But this is of course a
preference of personal taste.
No depth at all.
|Whitebalance direct sun
A little too cold for me.
|Whitebalance cloudy sky
A bit red, perfect for rust.
Another thing of personal taste is the color tone. I do prefer more saturated
colors, so I already pushed saturation within the camera. If it's too much, it's
easy to reduce later.|
When talking about colors, we have to mention whitebalance. As you'd probably
guess, I don't like automatic whitebalance and choose one of the presets most
time. Under a clear sky in Europe I prefer "cloudy sky", which results in
a warm tone. Using a fixed whitebalance ensures that all images of a sequence
will have a homogeneous tone.
Under artifical illumination I always do a manual whitebalance for optimal
results. You can do this with a pricey grey-card or a cheap white (unused)
handkerchief. This gives much better results under (homogeneous) mixed light,
as any one of the presets.