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Curious about gel transport

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Apr 01, 2012 04:51 |  #1

I recently picked up some gels for my studio strobes. Is it important that I keep them as wrinkle-free as possible?

I'm hoping to use one on my Einstein over the glass dome; is this a bad idea? And in this case, it's almost impossible to keep the gel wrinkle free, so I was wondering if there was an accepted method of storing them. :confused:

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Apr 01, 2012 07:03 |  #2

The only gels I use are for speedlight and they are small enough that I keep them in a checkbook cover. Works well.

From what I've seen watching videos and being on other shoots, gels almost never remain wrinkle-free. Even in Joe McNally's vids, his gels sometimes look like used Kleenex. I would imagine as long as you didn't have any major, hard creases, they'll be fine.

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Apr 01, 2012 08:28 |  #3

Here is one method of storing them (very bottom of the page):

http://www.flashzebra.​com …hing_the_gels/i​ndex.shtml (external link)

I initially tried this and found the planner to become very thick very quickly due to the thickness of the velcro on each page, as well as the velcro on every gel.

What I have ended up with now is an accordion type of holder - similar to this: …14917751?findin​gMethod=rr (external link)

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Apr 01, 2012 12:27 |  #4

Here's what I recommend (and love): http://www.bhphotovide​ …2R_Gelly_Roll_H​older.html (external link)

Sure, it's $60...but it'll keep all your gels together & wrinkle free, plus you can store gel clips/clothespins in the plastic center core. I can throw this in the back of my car and I'll have everything I need to gel any light any color.

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Apr 01, 2012 13:09 as a reply to  @ Cathpah's post |  #5

I've got probably a hundred or so Roscoe gels that are roughly 24"X24" before being cut down for whatever specific size we need. I keep them grouped by color, roll 'em up and put them in a cardboard tube for storage. In fact, it's probably the core of a seamless roll cut down. Not pretty, but works just fine.

As far as keeping them flat, I don't think there are any issues with creases/folds affecting how they work...

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Apr 01, 2012 16:36 as a reply to  @ Foodguy's post |  #6
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Wrinkles don't cause any problems. I have some gels that are 20-years old. I just roll them around a cardboard tube, use a rubber band to hold them in place, then I shove that into a larger diameter tube with a cap on the end (the type used for mailing posters & blue prints). No need to spend any more money than a few bucks for storage.

Gels are considered consumable items. ... Use them until they're worn out, and then just replace them.

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