Using Gels

January 21, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Of of the guys at the top of the tree when it comes to using coloured gels and filters is Jake hicks (http://jakehicksphotography.com) 

I'd been thinking about having a go with gels for a while and I watched something on his website and saw that he uses a Lensbaby for some of his shoots so I thought I'd give it a try.

When Steffi posted on Facebook that she was coming back to Britain for a couple of weeks over Christmas,I knew she'd be perfect for this kind of shoot so I invited her over. 

The main drawback with this kind of setup is the amount of space you need but fortunately the church hall next-door to me was available and proved to be the perfect impromptu studio.

 

 

This particular setup needs at least 4 lights. I was using a combination of speedlights and by Jinbei Traveller 1200. The speedlights left and right had blue and yellow gels on them and were firing into polystyrene boards to spread the light out further. the 'b' head of the Jinbei had a red gel on and was firing into a reflector to colour the background but not the shadow and the key light which was a gridded beauty dish was set to overpower some of the colour on the face.You can just make out how it was lit in this behind-the-scenes shot here.

NB - Th reflector you can see to the left of the backdrop is just acting as a flag to stop the light from the speedlight spilling onto the backdrop.

 


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