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Feb 11, 2014 06:55 |  #1

Anyone use gels on studio lighting to change the backdrop color? I use Alien bee lighting with a gridded strip box to light the background. I have a small studio space.

I found this link (external link), which shows awesome backdrop color changes with gels, however, I noticed that most of them were headshots. Is this only useful for headshots?

How useful are those gel kits? Which ones do you guys recommend? I see some with only very few colors and some with more colors. Some of them with more colors, seem to have lots of colors which are not very useful.


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Feb 11, 2014 07:03 |  #2

Paul c Buff has a 20 gel kit and a gel holder
My daughter and her friends have a blast choosing different colors when she has them over for a "shoot"

http://www.curlydog.co​m/ContactGelsAll.pdf (external link). My daughter and her friend posed for a contact sheet

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Feb 11, 2014 07:51 |  #3

curlydog wrote in post #16680650 (external link)
Paul c Buff has a 20 gel kit and a gel holder
My daughter and her friends have a blast choosing different colors when she has them over for a "shoot"

http://www.curlydog.co​m/ContactGelsAll.pdf (external link). My daughter and her friend posed for a contact sheet

And most useful for head/torso/3/4 shots

What color backdrop do you shoot with the gels on?


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Feb 11, 2014 09:32 |  #4

B/G color is not really critical as long as you have enough power to make the b/g go white without gels. I have found I get richer colors when using a black b/g.


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Feb 11, 2014 09:34 |  #5

professorman wrote in post #16680741 (external link)
What color backdrop do you shoot with the gels on?

The darker tbe background the easier it is to get it to take the background color. You would think it would be easier to get white to go color with gels but the brightness of the white tends to dilute the color.




  
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Feb 11, 2014 10:59 |  #6

WillMass wrote in post #16680932 (external link)
have found I get richer colors when using a black b/g.

Thanks! I have a black background. My only concern is that gels limit my shots to headshots.

Does anyone have any samples of what a full body shot would look like with gels on the background only? I am wondering if I can get some artistic shots this way.


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Feb 11, 2014 15:27 |  #7

gonzogolf wrote in post #16680939 (external link)
The darker tbe background the easier it is to get it to take the background color. You would think it would be easier to get white to go color with gels but the brightness of the white tends to dilute the color.

Very True.


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Feb 11, 2014 18:43 |  #8

I use a Westcott X-Drop background with their SLATE background cloth. For lighting it I use an Elinchrom D-Lite 200WS with a 30 degree grid and Elinchrom colored gel set in an Elinchrom holder. I get very nice various colored backgrounds for my portrait work. You don't really need many colored gels 5 or 6 different colors is all you really need.


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Feb 11, 2014 19:45 |  #9

Also, as someone else mentioned, use a somewhat darker colored background as its easier to light and the colors will be richer.


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