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A color filter applied to a light.

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What's the best way to use a flash and colour gel as a back light?

I want to know what is the best way of setting up a background flash with a coloured gel in a studio setting. I had a play around with this on Saturday. I started with a white background infinity ...
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Why are gels used for digital photography?

What is the purpose of color-adjusting light sources with gels in digital photography? Are they reserved exclusively for scenarios in which one wants different colors from different lights? I assume ...
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How to measure light so I know which gel to use?

Is there a device that can measure the color of the light so I can know which gel to use on my flash? I have a pack of gels but it's not that accurate to just choose by eyeballing the color of the ...
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Bad halo with gelled speedlite on background

Once a week I photograph adoptable animals at the local humane society. We always shoot against a white seamless background. To mix things up, typically we throw a gelled speedlite on the background. ...
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Will using a CTO gel help make my flash less distracting in a cafe?

I sometimes encounter a situation where using a flash would greatly enhance the pictures because of the low ambient light, but I don't use the flash as it is mighty distracting in a low-light cafe/bar ...
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Do flash gels affect flash output?

Will flash gels affect the output of the flash? It seems that your are diffusing it to some extent and would need to compensate for it.
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How do rear gelatine filters compare optically with “regular” front-mounted filters? Where to buy them? How to cut them?

I have a few lenses with with a rear filter holder so I would be curious to know how the rear "gel" filters compare with regular front-mounted filters in terms of optical performance. Until ...
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Why would I use a rear gelatin filter over a front filter?

Lenses such as the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM offer rear gelatin filter holders, but also accept front filters via a 77mm screw on type. If I was using a circular polarizer, I would need to put it on ...
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For a novice to flash, what color correction gels would be best to experiment with?

I recently purchased a Canon Speedlight 430EX II, and have been experimenting with the flash on my camera. I have also ordered a 6 foot off-camera flash cable and a bracket that will allow me to move ...
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An inexpensive way to make DIY gels?

Have any of you found a way to make inexpensive gels? I'd like to try using a few colors with my lights but have found most shops are mighty proud of theirs. My son saw me looking at them online and ...
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When would you use CTS (Straw) gel instead of CTO?

The Roscolux sampler pack contains several strengths of both CTO (Color Temperature Orange) and CTS (Color Temperature Straw?). The CTS seems to be a bit yellower than CTO. What situations would you ...
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How do you carry flash gels?

I recently obtained a Rosco swatch book with about a million different speedlight-sized gels. However, the gels are hard to use while still attached. Before I break them apart, I want to make sure I ...
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What is a source for small pieces of thin, high-quality, polarizing film for use with rear-filter lenses?

I have some pieces of polarizing film from polarization.com, which are reasonably good and not too expensive, but I have some problems with them: They are too thick (only just fit in the filter ...
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Why are photographic gels called “gels”?

This question has been bugging me for a while, as I've been digging through filters on Adorama and B&H and various other sites for days now. I keep seeing numerous types of filters often tagged as ...