Last night our photo club met up to work on shooting portraits. We meet at 7:30pm each week so the sun is usually very low in the sky by that time and almost gone by the time we are busy shooting. Although the sun had already set by the time I took this shot, by increasing my exposure and temperature (white balance) I was able to make the image feel warmer than it actually was.

Here’s the SOOC just for you to see the difference a little warmth makes.

I did also tweak some other values and added some yellow tones (split toning) to get the processed image on top.

So, even though the sun has already set or clouds darken the sky, try a little post processing and warm them up a bit and you may just get a completely different feeling from the same picture.

Laura is a Vancouver wedding and portrait photographer. Visit