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L2Photography net

Posts: 2546

University City, Missouri, US

3 lights 2 have gels

Dec 22 12 09:25 am Link


Tim Little Photography

Posts: 11716

Wilmington, Delaware, US

Blue gel from behind.

Dec 22 12 10:23 am Link


Jason Vincent Archer

Posts: 386

San Angelo, Texas, US

along with a ringflash.

Dec 22 12 10:41 pm Link


E Hinn Photography

Posts: 29

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Starsquid wrote:
love gels! i think i used Rosco (can't find my swatch book) here

WOW! how how how was this done!?

Jan 03 13 07:32 am Link


Martin Schiff Photo

Posts: 4241

Maitland, Florida, US

Red gel on gray paper.

Jan 03 13 07:41 am Link



Posts: 356

s-Gravenhage, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

E Hinn Photography wrote:
WOW! how how how was this done!?

with 2 large sheets of gels and 4 lights smile

Jan 03 13 03:14 pm Link



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Los Angeles, California, US

Jan 03 13 03:18 pm Link


Halcyon Arts

Posts: 173

Washington, District of Columbia, US

I like them to emphasize the colors on a sunset (pick the gel opposite the color you want to enhance and set a custom white balance on the gelled flash and the ambient gets a nice push the other way). 
They're also great for changing the color of a white wall or similar background. 
Occasionally I'll use them on a fill light to give a shot a different mood. 
Less important in an era of easily changed white balance, but CTO gels (or work up your own) are good for mixed light sources (CTO for flashes in tungsten environments)

Jan 03 13 06:26 pm Link


Photeus Photography

Posts: 291

Saint Louis, Missouri, US

I like to use them as an edge light, this one has a blue gel on a strobe to the left of Jade.  You can see the outline in blue on her left side.

They are inexpensive and fun to work with.



Jan 03 13 06:39 pm Link


JGC Photography

Posts: 193

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

PhillipM wrote:
Love Gels

Dude...I have so much to learn!
What a great shot!

Jan 04 13 12:10 am Link


Jon Winkleman Photo

Posts: 109

Providence, Rhode Island, US

This was a subtle use of gels on a hotshoe strobe.
The strong sunlight coming through the window wasn't direct but was being bounced off of a bright red brick building across the street. The light had a very appealing warm quality. I wanted to emphasize the contrast in the cooler ambient light in the room with the red-brick warmth of the window light.

I gelled a single strobe with a cool CTB gel to give a slightly bluish quality to the shaded areas of the room. I got my subtle split tone effect in camera.

18+ photo with partial nudity

Jan 04 13 02:09 pm Link


Kev Lawson

Posts: 11294

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Bored one day and just playing in the studio... yellow gel left of camera, blue gel right of camera, with barndoors and a honeycomb grid to cut down on spill.

Jan 04 13 02:17 pm Link


E Hinn Photography

Posts: 29

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Starsquid wrote:

with 2 large sheets of gels and 4 lights smile


Jan 08 13 09:00 am Link