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Bastard amber?
Old 01-08-2007, 10:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm planning a shot where I'm trying to create the glow of low light chandle light or fire place light. I know bastard amber is used a lot to give the skin a warm tone. Trouble is I have no idea what it looks like. Is it a dark amber or what? Would there be a better color to use?

ps, these clapping hands really freak me out every once and a while. I'm listening to music while typing this and noticed they were keeping time to the beat of the song that was playing. I kinda weirded me out a little.
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Re: Bastard amber?
Old 01-09-2007, 09:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I usually use either Lee filters or Rossco filters.

If you go to the Lee website:
http://www.leefilters.com/home.asp
and select 'index' in the upper right corner, you will get a list of all their products, including a list of all their various filter colors in order by color number. Bastard amber is color number 162. If you select it, you will get the technical specs and a sample of the color (the 'pinkish' vertical bar between the two charts). That's what the filter looks like when viewed against a white paper. I just checked it against a sample in the Lee Swatchbook I have here and the online version looks pretty accurate.

I don't think that filter will get you what you want. You might try checking out some of the other colors but the only real test is to try it out and see if you like what you get. I've been trying to simulate candlelight for years and have never really found exactly what I want.

The Rosco website is also pretty good. You can find it at:
http://www.rosco.com/

Good luck.

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Re: Bastard amber?
Old 01-14-2007, 09:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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When trying to recreate firelight, I find bastard amber isn't a deep enough colour.

BA is great for adding colour to skin tones, and for punching up tans.

For fire light I have found a combination of deep red, and deep orange seems to do the trick.

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Old 05-08-2007, 06:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Forgive my ignorance. I am interested in "punching up tans" on subjects without it looking fake. In considering these gels on the strobes, I cannot help but wonder the impact they also have on teeth, the whites of eyes, anything white they may be wearing, or lying on (like a bed sheet). Is this a real problem associated with such a gel and if so, is there a quick and easy edit technique to take this into account?

Thank you.
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Old 05-08-2007, 10:35 AM   #5 (permalink)
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GRSPhoto,

That is a lovely shot - very, very well done.
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