Here’s how to mimic the sunlight using only a single flash

Mar 15, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Here’s how to mimic the sunlight using only a single flash

Mar 15, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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I love it when the warm light of the setting sun fills up the room. It looks nice in photos, and it’s good to know that you can recreate it at any time of day. In this video from Adorama TV, photographer David Bergman will show you how to mimic the warm sunlight using only a single speedlight.

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To imitate the sunlight, you need to recreate the quality, direction, and color of the setting sun.

As for the quality, the light of the setting sun is harsh and casts strong shadows. To recreate this, David puts the speedlight further away from the model.

To recreate the direction of the setting sun, the speedlight should be neither too high nor too low. Try mimicking the position of the light as if the sun was just about to set behind the horizon.

The last issue is the color. David uses a full CTO gel over his speedlight. The exact amount of CTO you’ll use depends on your preferences and how warm you want the final photo to be. In David’s final image, the light seems a bit too orange for me, so I’d tone it down. Another way to make the photo look warmer is to change the white balance in the camera by dialing in a higher Kelvin temperature.

The final touch David adds to the image is a couple of items in front of the speedlight. They cast a shadow so it looks like the light is coming through a window. Here’s the final result:

To sum up, you can recreate the warm sunlight by mimicking the quality, direction and the color of the sunlight. It might take some experimenting before you get the color just right, but I think it’s worth the shot.

[Let There Be Light: Two Minute Tips with David Bergman | Adorama]

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6 responses to “Here’s how to mimic the sunlight using only a single flash”

  1. Andrew Brown Avatar
    Andrew Brown

    Looks more like the end of world than a pleasing sunset

  2. Enne See Avatar
    Enne See

    Excellent tip!

  3. George Pavlov Avatar
    George Pavlov

    Blade Runner 2049 much

  4. Frank Nazario Avatar
    Frank Nazario

    That photo is still a bit to warm for me … the technique tip is highly appreciated it and that is the true value of the article.
    As a matter of fact, I’m going to try it today :)
    Thanks for the tip… this is why I visit this website at least twice a day…

  5. Sean Avatar
    Sean

    The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire!!!!!

  6. Fernando Adrian Avatar
    Fernando Adrian

    maybe a little less warm