Using color gels

Started 5 months ago | Questions thread
JeffSlade Regular Member • Posts: 496
Re: Using color gels

Pixelthinker wrote:

What’s the reasoning behind using barn doors with gels?

I found an example where my photography assistant and I were setting up lighting for a shoot where I used primary color gels that drop into the barn door fixtures. The test shot is below.

I used different gels to change the color of the backdrop to see which colors might be complimentary to the person, an Asian woman like my assistant, I would be shooting based upon the outfits she was bringing to the shoot.

I only used gels occasionally but they did add some value from time to time. I preferred to use the appropriate background paper color instead.

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