Light is so crucial in photography and even the smallest change in light can make a huge impact.
I love the golden hour and that warm backlight you can get in your camera. Come on, I know you’re with me on that one! What I don’t love is how short the golden hour is and how you have to act fast and time everything just right. So what’s a girl to do when she wants the feel of warm, hazy light oozing into the frame? She fakes it of course!
My trick is simple and subtle, I place an Ice Light with a gel on it to warm the light up at the edge of the frame exactly like I would the setting sun. Bam – yummy warm and hazy light creeping in! I don’t do this with all my photos (I do like to work with the sun when I have the chance) but I’ve done this with a fare share of photos of still life and my kids.
This is what the photo looks like all natural. It’s perfectly fine but I want more light.
Here is a pullback showing where the light is in relation to the flowers. I put a warm gel on it to get a warmer color of light to more mimic the golden hour.
And here’s with the extra light. I love the warmer glow coming into the frame.