When the light is very dull and you want to add some quality, you can add a bit of flash outdoors, I am sure you all do this.
But do you also think about colour?
I often add a gel for a little colour. Like in this image:
A half CTO gel (CTO means “colour temperature orange”) allowed me to warm up the light on the family here. I use the Honl Photo speed strap and gels: incredibly easy system that has revolutionized small flash use.
Make sure that if you want the effect in the image above, your white balance is set to “flash”.
TIP: If you use a CTO gel and set the white balance to Tungsten (light bulb), the family would look normal – but now the background would turn blue.
(I probably don’t have to mention it again – David Honl himself is joining me as Guest Star in Toronto on March 19, at the School of Imaging, for a special four-hour “advanced flash” course! Book now – there is still some space).