Past Meetup

White balance and evening portraits: Blue hour, city lights...

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Outside Saturn

Maybachstraße 115, 50670 · Köln

How to find us

We will meet outside the main entrance to the main Saturn building just around the corner from Hansaring station

Location image of event venue


Like to improve your skills at taking nice portraits outdoors, especially in evening light? How can you capture good bokeh? And what about when the artificial lights cause funny colours? This MeetUp is an opportunity to practice using flash to light a portrait with nice city lights in the background, and to set your white balance to create interesting portraits.

The bridge near the Saturn has wonderful deep green lights at night, which will make a creative challenge for you! (And, if it is raining, we can still meet....).

Sunset is at 16.40, and the blue hour should be soon after. (The green lights under the bridge should come on only after it is fully dark.)

What to bring:
1 or 2 prime portrait lenses (consider 50mm - 105mm full-frame equivalent) and preferably a flash you can use off-camera.
A tripod, reflectors, flash umbrellas, soft box, and flash stands or remote cables can also be useful.

Check your manual for how to set manual white balance before you come, and we can practice doing this. Here are some photos from our last shooting session under this bridge:

We will hope to gather for a coffee and sharing pictures after the shooting.

All welcome! No previous experience needed, but interest in the theme is required ! ;-)
Please note: there is a limit on the number of attendees, so anyone who signs up and then is not able to join, is asked to change your rsvp as soon as you know. Thank you!!