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Creative Lighting with Gels in Studio: Two Setups for Stunning Results

4/21/2023 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

In this video, Ashley Boring explores two different lighting setups that incorporate gels for creative and colorful results. Adding gels to your photography kit is an easy way to add a pop of color to your images, and there are endless possibilities for incorporating them into your shoots.


The first lighting setup involves using gels to create a colored background. To achieve this look, a white cyc wall was used as the neutral backdrop, and an fj400 strobe with a Manny Ortiz Beauty Dish modifier was used to light the subject. 

A grid was added to the modifier to help control light spill, and two additional fj400 strobes with Rapid Box Switch softboxes and blue gels were placed on either side of the background for even lighting. 


The second lighting setup aimed to create a moody and dramatic effect. A modifier with a red gel was attached to a speedlight, and the speedlight was positioned to the side of the subject to cast a deep red light on one side of the face. This technique can add depth and dimension to images and is a great way to create a range of moods and atmospheres.

When using gels in your photography, it's important to balance the amount of colored light with the neutral light for the desired effect. Too much-colored light can oversaturate the colors and make them less impactful, while too little colored light can make the gels less effective and the image appear flat.

 By experimenting with different gels, strobes, flashes, and speed lights, you can create a variety of stunning and creative images.