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Arkayem Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in flash photography   Richmond Hill, GA (Savannah), US  Charter Member Wed 21-Nov-12 02:15 PM
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>Hi Guys, I photographed a friend's wedding on the weekend and
>the reception was held in a very dark venue which had red
>walls and roof with the off sky light providing minimal
>natural light.
>I was using my SB800 speedlight and when pointing it directly
>at the subject I was getting a hot dot on the person's
>forehead. I turned the flash output down as far as I was able
>to eventually opted for bouncing the flash off the walls and
>roof which has of course produced a slightly reddish cast,
>particularly to skin tone.
>Is there any way around this? A gel perhaps? I tried
>correcting the colour in PS but haven't been happy with the
>results so far.

That is just about the worst case scenario!

Hopefully you were shooting in raw? If so, you might be able to adjust the white balance to make the skin tones right on the closest subjects. Have you tried that?

If you find yourself in the same position again, try a Gary Fong Light Sphere. That will soften the light a little, which should help reduce skin shine, and try it pointed up as well as directly at the subject. Use a high shutter speed (160th or higher) to completely eliminate any ambient. Set the WB at flash. At least that will get the skin color right. It won't be perfect, but it should be useable.

Russ
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Reply message RE: Red Cast in Wedding Photographs mklass Platinum Member As a semi-professional involved in all manner of photographic genres including portraiture, sports, commercial, and events coverage, Mick is always ready to help Nikonians by sharing his deep knowledge of photography and printing. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014
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     Reply message RE: Red Cast in Wedding Photographs mklass Platinum Member As a semi-professional involved in all manner of photographic genres including portraiture, sports, commercial, and events coverage, Mick is always ready to help Nikonians by sharing his deep knowledge of photography and printing. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014
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