Flash Gel Holder Recommendations

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WhoAmI5423 Forum Member • Posts: 87
Flash Gel Holder Recommendations

I was wondering what gel holders/systems people use and recommend. I have a small army of SB-600s and a lonely YN-560II that I used remotely (Odin's). Currently, I've used a LumiQuest Fxtra Gel Holder Only LQ-121S holder (http://amzn.com/B007Q0C2WQ) with Rosco The Strobist Collection (http://amzn.com/B002SWIOOM).  I mainly use them at weddings with a CTO to match the ambient light.  While this system does work, I've found it to be difficult to set up quickly so I was wondering what methods people are using that don't break the bank.  Thanks!

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Seedeich Senior Member • Posts: 2,667
Re: Flash Gel Holder Recommendations

Cut the front off of those Tupperware diffusers, that come with some speedlights and tape the gel you use most often onto it.

You get a quick change gel adapter.

OP WhoAmI5423 Forum Member • Posts: 87
Re: Flash Gel Holder Recommendations

Thanks for the idea! My concern though is that there would be too much light leaked that isn't corrected by the CTO if I did that.

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Seedeich Senior Member • Posts: 2,667
Re: Flash Gel Holder Recommendations

WhoAmI5423 wrote:

Thanks for the idea! My concern though is that there would be too much light leaked that isn't corrected by the CTO if I did that.

Cut it short, so only a few millimeters are protruding in front of the flash.
Then cut the CTO from a sheet to fit.

Knock-off diffusers to experiment with or for different gels don’t cost a fortune.

DuaneV
DuaneV Senior Member • Posts: 1,350
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I don't know too many photographers who get tricky with gel holders on speedlights. Most speedlights, like your sb-600, have a built in holder..... the diffuser. That's how I hold gels on my speedlights. Others use the tried and true masking tape method. Don't overthink it.

Ellis Vener
Ellis Vener Veteran Member • Posts: 9,185
Re: Flash Gel Holder Recommendations

WhoAmI5423 wrote:

I was wondering what gel holders/systems people use and recommend. I have a small army of SB-600s and a lonely YN-560II that I used remotely (Odin's). Currently, I've used a LumiQuest Fxtra Gel Holder Only LQ-121S holder (http://amzn.com/B007Q0C2WQ) with Rosco The Strobist Collection (http://amzn.com/B002SWIOOM). I mainly use them at weddings with a CTO to match the ambient light. While this system does work, I've found it to be difficult to set up quickly so I was wondering what methods people are using that don't break the bank. Thanks!

Gaffer tape.

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Ellis Vener Veteran Member • Posts: 9,185
Re: Flash Gel Holder Recommendations

Seedeich wrote:

Cut the front off of those Tupperware diffusers, that come with some speedlights and tape the gel you use most often onto it.

You get a quick change gel adapter.

Very clever.

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Paulmorgan Veteran Member • Posts: 7,568
Re: Flash Gel Holder Recommendations

Rubber bands

Nionyn Senior Member • Posts: 2,010
Rubber bands FTW!

Paulmorgan wrote:

Rubber bands

Yep!

Admittedly, I don't use the Strobist gel kit but cut pieces to whatever size I want from large sheets, but rubber bands are about the simplest method I know of for attaching gels to hotshoe flashes. Absolutely minimal bother.

It's also easy this way to leave an air gap when using more saturated colours or when using lighter colours (such as CTO or CTB) at full power.

MPrince Senior Member • Posts: 1,695
Re: Flash Gel Holder Recommendations

Don't know where you're located, but in the US your friendly, neighborhood Home Depot, Lowe's, or other home improvement store sells inexpensive gel holders.

Of course, they don't call them gel holders, they call them downspout adapters. A little surgery with a utility knife and you've got a gel holder. Just cut a slit about a half inch from one end of the adapter and you've got a slot to slip your gel into. Fit the other end onto your flash head and you're good to go.

Revision Contributing Member • Posts: 828
Re: Flash Gel Holder Recommendations

WhoAmI5423 wrote:

I was wondering what gel holders/systems people use and recommend. I have a small army of SB-600s and a lonely YN-560II that I used remotely (Odin's). Currently, I've used a LumiQuest Fxtra Gel Holder Only LQ-121S holder (http://amzn.com/B007Q0C2WQ) with Rosco The Strobist Collection (http://amzn.com/B002SWIOOM). I mainly use them at weddings with a CTO to match the ambient light. While this system does work, I've found it to be difficult to set up quickly so I was wondering what methods people are using that don't break the bank. Thanks!

Gel holder = BAD

Very limiting. You cut the gel or bought the tiny Strobist/Rosco and that limits use of the gel with other lights.

Buy a "large" gel sheet and use it with one small piece of gaffer tape.

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itsDing
itsDing Senior Member • Posts: 2,211
Re: Flash Gel Holder Recommendations

Check out the Vivitar hood/filter holder on ebay. It fits many speedlights (a bit of velcro on the speedlight for a snug fit if too big). It has two slots for filters (filter kits also available) cut gels to fit in the slots. Works well.

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