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Dec 07, 2016 11:33 |  #1

On fairly short notice, someone asked me if I could help take photos for a ribbon cutting an during their grand opening in a local mall. Later, they also expressed a wish for a "model shoot". When the day came, I learned the "model" part was mainly for their children, as an activity than commercial use. Done in the back room were food and beverage were served. White paper briefly entered the short early discussion, but when it was apparent no goals existed, I decided to get creative and moved lights around, switched backgrounds, etc.. Everybody else was swamped fine tuning the store ..... This was the first time I've used gels with portrait. They were in front of a 7" reflector with barn doors. Sometimes I spotted the background. The image shown was gel light directed from behind. I had a softbox on my right side at 45 / 45 and a softbox umbrella to my left aimed 45 side-to-side but level, on minimal power. Space was rather tight. I don't think they even expected me to bring anything but a camera and single flash. ...... For those who have used gels before. I'm curious about ...

1. Does a certain color appeal to you more often? .... 2. Do gels make anything more difficult for you? ... 3. What aspects do you best like or dislike about using gels?


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Dec 10, 2016 22:08 |  #2

With gels you either love them or you hate them... or you think they are ok...

jk gels can give shots a little extra something or be distracting. Add them when they seem appropriate. Red can = pain, passion or intensity and blue can = calm, cold or dead. It's easier to find example when not to use them: don't light a headshot for a dentist with red gels.

I don't think you used your red gel in an inappropriate application but there are "rules" floating around. One time I shot a model with a blue main light and a forum user said I made her look like a dead fish. *shrug* I've used the same lighting since.

If you want to be intrigued by gels watch The Neon Demon ... provided you are 18 and not squeamish.


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