Thursday, January 28, 2010

Day 141: Gelin'

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.

Or something!


Kathryn said...

I have no idea what you just said! It's a cute dolly, though...

What? Not helping??

retro_eskimo said...

great photography.. mucho impresso.
I didnt think another daily blogger existed.. great!