• Wednesday , 22 November 2017

How To Use Gels In Photography – A Phlearn Video Tutorial

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Check out the full post at: http://phlearn.com/gels

Change Up Your Lights

Its very easy to mess up an image by using a gel too directly and by using too many colors. This episode covers how to use them in a subtle way to change the overall mood of your photos and which lighting works best.

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0:00- Ferdinand Magellan
0:30- Explanation of gels and how to use them
2:00- Gel grades
3:15- Light setup
4:10- Using full power with orange gel
4:30- Using complimentary colors
5:20- Softbox lighting
6:20- Let us know if you have any examples!
How to Choose Colors

Complimentary colors always work well together. Try using a warm and cool combination when choosing which gels you want to use, and combining them in a way that makes sense. Colors are much easier to get right by using a color wheel and planning out your final image before you start. You can also try placing the warmer tones in the foreground and cooler in the back, or vice versa. .

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  1. technologylover
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    mylar young man… not plastic

  2. Billy Outley
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    can accidentally fir🔥🔥🔥

  3. bt465
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    usually u got good stuff , what a useless video

  4. Franco Farinelli
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    How to learn nothing. Waste of time

  5. Abrimaal
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    Certainly not for my 500W bulb. It was standing for 20 minutes in a distance of 30 cm from a TV set, the TV started to burn.

  6. Evan102030
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    I phlearned nothing here.

  7. Kathyrin Penniman
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    Ferdinand Magellan discovered the Philippines…. He named the country after the King of Spain, Philippe II.

  8. Sydney Dean
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    thanks for this video! if you want to check out any of kickthepj's videos, he uses colored lights in some pretty awesome creative ways for all of his films.

  9. B Gill
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    you talk to damn much about nothing..

  10. RoliTheOne
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    Check out David Love Photography. He does it immensely well. Generally color looks in his photos are incredible.

  11. Niall Murphy
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05


  12. CaTuber
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    You normally do a great job, but this video conveys almost zero information. Really needs a re-do.

  13. 69 years ago
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    we call them gels because we like to make pretty names for things so we can act all special and L33T!

  14. Matias Chahbenderian
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    Go to Lupe Jelena's page! She has some really cool pictures, and in my opinion she handles gels quite well…

  15. tall32guy
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    he is too cute and funny! 🙂

  16. Sonic Sinema
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05


  17. Chaz Madge
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    and what about WB?

  18. Sam Sands
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    this guy is so annoying

  19. Stacey Monahan
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    i have shot with gels 3 times and all 3 times I got outstanding results. I was SUPER happy with it. Check it out..https://www.flickr.com/photos/123569449@N08/sets/72157644109441486/

  20. jason grass
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    I use gels in my studio mostly but I am using on location more, I use the Rogue Grid with a set of gels in my studio to color my backdrop mostly.  I add a 45 degree grid on my speedlight, set to 1/16 power on a white backdrop and I can have 15 different colors of backdrop with only having to change a 3" gel.  The grid also gives me a nice feather dark edge for a natural vignette.

  21. loisa murray
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    I have two or three backgrounds. I need to know how to use gels to change them to jeweled or pastel tones and shades.

  22. ivapino
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    Just in case and to complete the info in this very educational video, CTO and CTB are not color gels but color correction gels. The different is that CC gels are used not to color your lights, but to balance the color temperature between your bulb and your film (or the WB of your digital camera). This is the reason why they come in 8th, 1/4, 1/2 and full variety. For color gels, just look at the swash book from any manufacturer as Roscoe or Lee and check the Theatrical colors in it. These gels come instead in precise colors without any gradation (excepting for the Storaro line). Almost any photography rental house carries swash books and they are free. There are also color compensation gels (Plus Green and Minus Green) and those are the ones you use for instance, to take the green spike off the household fluorescent tubes or to ad a green spike to tungsten or daylight lamps in order to match the household fluorescent.

  23. Alex Valtchev
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    so many dumb comments, OMG. If you aren't competent or a hater don't waist time to other people reading your bullshit. The guy is not forcing his opinion, he is helping and asking question too. Gels aren't use for matching color temperature only. Gels are used for all kind of creative purpose!

  24. Bruno Monteiro
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    portugal 😀

  25. Ryuuken24
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    You can do it for free. It's called photoshop.

  26. martinisbutik
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    To me the prime motivation for using gels is to match the flash's white balance with the ambient light.

  27. Ocinematique
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    With your english accent I couldn't understand the name of the portuguese guy and I'm portuguese… googling I found out that you mean "Fernão de Magalhães" but in english you guys say "Ferdinand Magellan"… Ok, I got…. Anyway, nice tutorial.

  28. RonThePhotoGuy
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    I mostly use them to colour white seamless. Works pretty well but you have to keep the main lights off the background.
    Canon provided CTO gel and holder with the 600 EX RT. If you use it, the camera's white balance is automatically set. The gel balances with incandescent light really well, but you lose the warmth of that light because it brings the scene back to daylight. This action suggests the manufacturers think gel should colour balance.

  29. Jesse S
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    His arms are so hairy lol

  30. David Nutter
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    Even though it's dark outside the light spectrum is still considered daylight balance. If you take a shot at sunset with your camera WB set to daylight you still get the warm highlights and color from the Sun along with shadows. The daylight balance doesn't remove that warm glow. At night time it's the same principle. You set your camera to daylight WB (Sunny on some models) and put a CTO gel on your flash. A 1/2 cut CTO should do and match if the lights are warm and amber. More white..no gel.

  31. Jose Velazquez
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    great comment. can you answer me this? when i shoot outside at night using my camera mounted speedlight with a rogue flash bender it looks kinda crappy without alot of editing which i am trying to get away from. i want to get it as close as possible in camera so when i edit i can focus more on other details. so question is what gel could i put on my speedlight to match the ambience of the street lights with the flash. and then what do i use for my whitebalane

  32. Kyle Goulden
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    To be honest, I disagree. While what you are saying is right and there should be some differentiation regarding what gels ascertain to. If you were searching for "Balancing Strobes with Ambient Light using Gels" you would find a whole collection of videos regarding what you are looking for.

    Technically he is right.

    Regarding "Gels are mainly used on strobes or flashes to balance color temp between mixed lighting" , to be honest, I havent not heard of that nearly as much as for color fun. 🙂

  33. User6327
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    I was going to post this, but will just reinforce what you said here.
    We use gels to balance the ambient light in the room. If you have tungsten light sources in the room (say at a party, or some other indoor event you're shooting) then you need to gel your flash to match. You can see un-experienced photographers shooting with an ungelled strobe in a room with incandescent lighting. Guess what? Your flash is color temperature for daylight. You're now mixing light temperatures.

  34. Shamas Chaudhry
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    Hi Aaron, awesome vid, can you please let me know what lightstand/boom you're using for the light with the CTO gel? THANKS! 🙂

  35. isaac alvarez
    July 29, 2017 at 18:05

    I use gels on my images, you can check out how they turned out. I pretty much use them 90% of the time. You can check out my images at on my site.

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