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#1 Jason Reimer

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 02:47 AM

Hi guys, first question I've posted in ages, but here goes. I have an idea in my head for a shot where I'd like to have a predominantly blue tone, with my subject lit with a few small, snooted lights picking out some contours and details with some slightly warmer than normal, amber to straw-ish light, so that there's a nice contrast of very cool and somewhat warm colors in the frame. Getting the blue is the easy part; if I shoot it digitally, I'd just do something simple like use a tungsten white balance and shoot during the latter part of the day, or better yet have a bit of overcast. If I shot film on one of my medium or large format cameras, I'd just use an 81 filter of some grade to "correct" my daylight-balanced film for tungsten. The part I'm trying to figure out is exactly what to gel the tungsten lights with so that I get the right amount of warmth. What I definitely don't want is anyone looking like they just got a spray-on tan :)
So, what would you guys suggest?
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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 06:29 AM

Much of this is personal taste, but you could correct your lights so that they give less than your full daylight colour temperature. A 1/4 CTO of warmth is quite subtle or if you want a bit more yellow a straw, for a stronger effect 1/2 CTO. It can be a matter of just testing and seeing what you like.
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#3 Matthew Parnell

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 05:12 PM

Also check out CT Straw for warming. Comes in the usual correction values (1/8 to Full I think) and warms up and gives as the name suggests a hint of straw.
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#4 Jason Reimer

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 12:56 AM

Cool, that's exactly the sort of thing I was looking for! I'll probably buy a few to test, as you suggested. Thank you gentlemen.
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