Thursday, June 25, 2009
Gel The Light
Add colored gels to your flash for creative effects
Nikon D3, AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-200mm ƒ/2.8G IF-ED
You don’t need to limit your use of gels to flash. One of my favorite activities when I’m on the road is light painting in my hotel room using my gel swatchbook. I’ll admit my wife thinks I’m a little crazy: “Hello, this is my husband Tom. He hides in his hotel room at night and shines a red flashlight on the walls.”
Nikon D3, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm ƒ/2.8G ED
Experiment to see how much light the scene needs; your exposure can range from 30 seconds to several minutes. I often use two or three different colors in a shot. Trust me, this is addictive, and you’ll never leave your hotel room.
The next time you’re thinking about creating an image, don’t forget to include gels in the equation. Sometimes adding a little color is just what a shot needs.
Tom Bol is a freelance editorial and commercial photographer based in Colorado. To see more of his photography, visit www.tombolphoto.com.
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