Using Flash Gels to Colour The Light Output

I ordered a swatch book of lighting gels which are very useful as flash gels for speedlights, and cheap! The one I received had around 200 different colours and cost £10! They are supposed to be free so go and visit your local studio or stage lighting supplier and pick one up yourself.

OK, so how do I hold the gels against the speedlights without using chewing gum? (we’re not kids you know). Well, I could have used a rubber band or Velcro but wanted something that would not bend the gels and did not need any permanent attachment “device” on the speedlights.

Well, I went all Blue Peter and broke out the cardboard and glue!

Here are my home made gel holders, neat eh? They are made from cardboard which I have cut out from some packaging and put in slits so I can slide in the gels.

So what do they look like?

Here you go. Using basic colour theory of primary and complementary colours.

INFO: Bare flash with gels, triggered with Skyports. The closet one is on 1/4 power and the furthest away on 1/8th power to maintain your focus on the foreground.

Get your mitts on a colour wheel so you don’t marry up gels that make your eyes bleed or the image look like an explosion after curry night!

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