Creative Portrait Photography Series: Magic Of Color & Gels
“I didn’t know color gels can be used to achieve so many different effects!! Sandy & Matt never disappoint. They delivered yet another great and informative photography video. This time on how to produce captivating photos which convey a certain story to the viewer and ones that have a cinematic color quality similar to what we see on TV/movies today. And, unlike Hollywood productions, the props and technique featured here are very innovated and accessible to anyone. I’m a huge TV/movie fan so I loved this video a lot. There’s also a detailed and thorough post-process walk-through at the second half of the video, which I found easy to follow. Lots of great tips/tricks here.” – Pocholo Pasicolan
One of the most important aspects of photography, is lighting. But it’s not enough to just know the theory – to take outstanding images you need to tell a story!
Welcome to our course “Creative Photography Lighting – The Magic of Color And Gels” – a new tutorial in our creative portrait series.
Color Gels are an amazing yet simple tool to enhance the story of your image. But: Instead of just adding color for the sake of color, you need to think about:
a) How it changes the mood and result of your image and
b) How it pulls the viewer into your world!
My name is Sandy Dee. In our photo studio we have led over 50 photography workshops, specializing in creating conceptual photoshoots and in this course we will bring your creativity to a whole new level: You will learn how to unlock the magic of color and gel photography!
So why do you need to dive into Gel photography? Well there are many reasons.
Do you want to save money? A package of gels costs way less than buying rolls and rolls of paper.
Do you want to save time? Instead of changing heavy paper rolls that might require an assistant – just pop on a gel onto your light and continue with your shoot.
Do you want to have a less cluttered studio? A package of gels requires hardly any space in comparison to storing paper rolls.
Plus you can create an endless variety of looks fitting to your model’s story, outfit and fashion accessories.
And now comes the most important part why you should learn to unlock the magic of gels:
We all know that there is an abundance of images flooding the web these days and to stand out from the crowd is more important than ever, which can be very challenging. Luckily – Creativity is also more affordable than ever! That’s were colors and gels come into play. In the olden days you would have to risk wasting money on trial and error shots to get the look of your colored gel right in camera – but not any longer, thanks to your modern DSLR and LED display.
However: The scary fact still stands – working with colors and gels doesn’t really follow particular rules. Personally I love to take the guess work out of lighting and use a light meter – but with gels? It’s not that easy. Also: There are many different set-up possibilities, so how do you know which is the right one? And: Gels come in all sorts of thickness and colors – and do you use them on strobes or flashguns? And – how do you know that the color look fits to your story?
All these questions can be very daunting for photographers, so today we will answer all of them and walk you through the set-up, step by step.
The only requirement: You do need an understanding of your DSLR (manual settings) and you should have some practice with basic lighting and access to lighting equipment. Though we do explain important beginner subjects such as the recipe of great portraiture and basic lighting diagrams, the majority of the materials covers more intermediate techniques. However here we include as many options as possible: We will show you set-ups that are easily achievable and affordable with simple props, flashguns and low-end strobes.
Our promise: Creativity doesn’t have to cost a lot of money and: creative lighting doesn’t have to be confusing. You will see exactly what we are doing inside the studio with our “fly on the wall” videos. Furthermore Matt will walk you through the lighting diagrams to enhance your technical knowledge and my expertise will bring your creativity to the next level, quick and efficient, so you will be able to achieve these looks in no time:
How to set-up a “Hitchcock” inspired movie look with shadows, colorful gels and gobos
How to set-up a Tv-show inspired “Diner” scene (inclusive a fake milkshake, color and rain)
How to set-up your gels to achieve a romantic glow
How to set-up your flashguns to create an interesting “star” effect
How to set-up edgy Rim lights, colorful background lights and
SO MUCH MORE
At the end of this tutorial you will be able to set-up images that look like a movie scene or were featured in a fashion editorial. If you want to wow your models or clients – then this tutorial is for you!
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