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Strobist Info: Canon 580exII @ half power onto wall behind Kara with a blue gel. Nikon SB-600 camera left @1/32 for hairlight. Vivitar 285HV into silver umbrella camera right.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 12th April 2008, This photo: 10:36pm

Comments

  • Margot- said:
    Okay, what's a blue gel and what's the purpose of using it? Please consider me as a big ignoramus when it comes to these things.
  • David de Groot said:
    Hi Margot :)
    A gel is a piece of transparent plastic of a known colour used extensively in cinematography to colour lighting. When you go to a concert and see the coloured stage lights, they have gels over them.
    I have a sample pack of Roscoe brand gels that fit nicely over the head of a standard small flash. In this instance I chose a blue one and placed it over the flash that was behind Kara pointed at the wall. The effect, as you can see, is that the white wall goes blue (or any other colour you want it to be).
  • Margot- said:
    Hmm...that sounds cool and I will sure to check that out the next time I'm in my fave camera shop. Thanks for the explanation.
  • David de Groot said:
    Lots of fun to play with too :)
    The other main brand of gels is Lee. So if you can find either Lee or Roscoe sample "swatch" packs, grab one :)
  • Margot- said:
    Okay, got it.
    By the way, I got Nikon Close-up Speedlight Commander Kit R1C1 last Christmas (Yay!) and besides the two wireless remote speedlight SB-R200s, I see a color filter set (SJ-R200) and was wondering if these color filters are the same as the gels you're talking about.
  • David de Groot said:
    That's exactly like it Margot, except in the sample packs you get about 200 different colours to play with :)
  • Margot- said:
    Oh, okay. Now I know. :o)