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Dec 13, 2010 13:02 |  #1

Where can I buy the gels that go on a flash? Pictures taken with my flash have a blue cast. I saw a kit on Amazon, but the reviews weren't that great and I don't need all those colors.

I need gels to match:
1. Indoor ambient light from lamps with CF bulbs
2. Outdoor fill flash and natural ambient light through a window

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Dec 13, 2010 13:42 |  #2

Here you go:

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …orrection_Filte​r_Kit.html (external link)

Note that you'll also need this or some other velcro attach method to use them:

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …peed_Strap_for_​Speed.html (external link)




  
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Dec 13, 2010 13:48 |  #3

You can make a gel holder out of a CD case cover. What I do is take a razor knife (be careful please) and score the plastic so I can break off pieces I don't want. Then I take something like a match or lighter and heat the plastic so it's hot enough to bend. I bend it in two places, one to form the gel holder and one to form the ledge. I put a piece of Velcro on the ledge, and one on the flash, and there you go. As long as you're careful and don't hold the flame under it too long it'll bend on its own without getting too "burnt".


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Dec 13, 2010 14:37 as a reply to  @ katodog's post |  #4

But where can you buy the gels?

I have heard of people buying sheets and then cutting their own and securing them with gaffer's tape. Much cheaper than the speed strap version.




  
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Dec 13, 2010 14:48 |  #5

For my speedlights, this is what I use: Rosco Strobist Kit (external link).


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Dec 13, 2010 14:50 |  #6

Cathpah wrote in post #11445485 (external link)
For my speedlights, this is what I use: Rosco Strobist Kit (external link).

I also use those

For $20, I couldn't justify any sort of DIY method.


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Dec 13, 2010 14:59 |  #7

You either order the gels from Roscoe or get them from a dealer...request a Swatchbook (external link). All you have to do is pay shipping, or you can get them for free at a local dealer.


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Dec 13, 2010 18:31 |  #8

OK, this might sound like a stupid question....but how do you know when to use what gel? Like how do I know which one is to balance the CF bulb light in my house for example?




  
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Dec 13, 2010 18:52 |  #9

I'm not touching that one with a ten foot stick.

I don't use my gels for anything but coloring my smoke and water shots. Other than that they've been sitting in the cabinet in my office. I've used them a few times to see what different colors would do for portraits, but never got into it serious enough to find out what each color did for a particular shot. Most of the time it adds color, which may or may not be what you want. The lighter-colored ones, the ones that let more light pass through, would be useless for possibly overcoming white balance issues due to different types of room lighting.


I don't know, I'm not that smart.


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Dec 13, 2010 19:02 as a reply to  @ katodog's post |  #10

Someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think you could acheive the results you are after by getting a sheet of a few different levels of CTO gels IE: 1/8, 1/4, 3/4. Experiment with the different levels and figure out which one gives you the look you're after under particular light sources.


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Dec 13, 2010 19:04 as a reply to  @ woods289's post |  #11

You can warm your flash up a bit outside to more closely resemble golden hour sunlight with a bastard amber gel too.


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