Friday, July 18, 2008

DIY Flash Gel Filters

This summer I acquired a lot more strobes and my lighting kit as well. Been trying to and meaning to experiment a lot with it.

One of the first things I did was to go out and make my own gels/filters and figure out a way to mount them.

Gels are handy for many different things. You can use Tungsten/Fluorescent (Orange/Green) gels to change your flash's color to match the ambient and to set your camera's WB accordingly.

Beyond that, I ordered these nice little gel samples from B&H and they gave me about 40981 different colors. They're having a hard time keeping them in stock though. I'd suggest signing up for e-mail alerts to increase your chances.

Without further adieu...

Materials Required:

  • Name tag holders
  • A knife, scissors, Xacto, box cutter, etc.
  • Gels!!!
  • Velcro
  • Common sense




Now on with it.

1. Cut the name tag holder to a size that will fit over your flash head



2. Add velcro to the ends of the cut out piece and to your flash head.
I used the soft end on the tags and the hooked ends on the flash head

3. Insert Gel into the nifty little holder you made and place on flash



4. Enjoy!

Here are just a few samples:





1 comment:

Michael Lee said...

so.. how is this helpful???