Knowing the importance of color matching strobes indoors is crucial when combining strobes and ambient lighting. Fixing mismatched lighting temperatures can be extremely difficult in post process. Ian Christmann, a commercial and lifestyle photographer discovered a method which will change your life.
This applies to most indoor shooters. Architectural, wedding and commercial photographers can all relate to this method. The great thing about Christmann’s method is that the time spent in post production on white balance and color correction will be almost nonexistent.
- Sample pack of Roscolux gels
First, remove all the gels that converted Kelvin and Magenta-green correction. Tape them to gels that came with the speedlight, like the Canon 600, Nikon SB 910 and the like. Trim them to fit the gel holder.
Using the Sekonic C-500 meter, take a reading of the ambient light first, note the temperature. After that is done, take a reading using each gel individually. The difference in the reading will be the temperature for the gel.
When on location for a shoot, read the color temperature of the ambient light first. There will be two readings, a temperature reading in kelvin and a tint reading in magenta. Next, take the gel filter pack created in the previous steps and in the gel clip, stack the gels in numerically to match both readings from the Sekonic C-500.
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[Via: Catalyst Photography]