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guyparker   Rugby, UK  Registered since 21st Dec 2005 Sun 30-Sep-12 06:15 PM
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"Why can I never get coloured gels to work?"



Tried for about the millionth time again to add some colour to my background, but as per usual all I end up with is a murky off-white off-grey wall not the vivid bright splash of colour I wanted. I tried different flash power, different shutter speeds, different apertures etc etc and nothing works. What am I doing wrong? I'm always seeing people use them so easily and end up with really rich vivid colour from their gels, but mine never work!

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Reply message RE: Why can I never get coloured gels to work? Luke_Miller Silver Member
30th Sep 2012
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Reply message RE: Why can I never get coloured gels to work? guyparker
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     Reply message RE: Why can I never get coloured gels to work? mklass Platinum Member As a semi-professional involved in all manner of photographic genres including portraiture, sports, commercial, and events coverage, Mick is always ready to help Nikonians by sharing his deep knowledge of photography and printing. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014
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Reply message RE: Why can I never get coloured gels to work? luckyphoto Gold Member
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Reply message RE: Why can I never get coloured gels to work? guyparker
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Luke_Miller Silver Member  Rural Virginia, US  Nikonian since 19th Apr 2006 Sun 30-Sep-12 09:10 PM
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#1. "RE: Why can I never get coloured gels to work?"
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What white balance are you using? If using Auto the white balance may be neutralizing the color from the gel.

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guyparker   Rugby, UK  Registered since 21st Dec 2005 Sun 30-Sep-12 11:24 PM
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That's a good suggestion thanks. You were right to an extent. On this occasion at least it was a combination of white balance and also me being incredibly stupid and not realising I'd picked a colour correction gel instead of a strong coloured gel!! Sorry.

For future though - what white balance should you use if using gels?

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mklass Platinum Member As a semi-professional involved in all manner of photographic genres including portraiture, sports, commercial, and events coverage, Mick is always ready to help Nikonians by sharing his deep knowledge of photography and printing. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014   Tacoma, US  Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006 Mon 01-Oct-12 12:20 AM
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For a start, try setting the camera WB to flash.

If you feel so inclined and have the equipment, check with a WhiBal, ExpoDisk, colormeter or other color measuring device without the gel, then set that as your WB value in the camera. Then shoot with your gel.

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luckyphoto Gold Member  Port Charlotte, US  Nikonian since 27th Dec 2010 Mon 01-Oct-12 12:46 PM
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Could the flash on the subject be washing out the background? How far away is the subject from the background? Providing a sample image with the EXIF data would help.

Try doubling the distance between the subject and background and slow down to the shutter speed to get more ambient light. See what difference that makes.

Larry

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guyparker   Rugby, UK  Registered since 21st Dec 2005 Mon 01-Oct-12 04:45 PM
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Thanks everyone. Mick - very good suggestion on the WB! Larry - ditto on the trying to get more distance between subject/key light and gelled light.

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