A few cheapo gels came with my light kit, so today was gel play day. It took a loooong time to figure out how to make it slightly work. I think a problem may be the white light that escapes from the little clippy doohickey that the gel is attached to. And it probably has something to do with that I am clueless! But anyway, after much trial and error, and with the help of an amazing model who sat for ages without complaining, here is what I came up with. I know that there is a way to make the color way more vibrant, so any tips would be helpful.
Pretty cool! I found this site yesterday for making your own gels, and I'm going to give it a shot. Looks pretty interesting. And a video that I found yesterday showed the photographer just using elastic to wrap the acetate over the light, which would solve the problem that I had with the white light slippage.
I so need a new lens. Jing-Jing the dolly was a good 5 feet or more from the backdrop, and I was right in her face, and the depth of field was still too deep, so you can see the wrinkles. Maybe I need to work on the camera settings a bit more to compensate, but when I do, I end up with sync problems with the lights. It's just another wrinkle (HAHA!) that I need to work out, but there's only so much I can do with a lens this short. The depth of field thing with the light kit is driving me batty! I could have edited the wrinkles out a bit, but the point of these was simply messing with the gel colors, so I didn't take the time.
Think of it as artistic.