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5 Ways to use Color Gels in Studio Photo Shoots

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5 Ways to use Color Gels in Studio Photo Shoots Learn 5 easy ways to use Color Gels in studio photo shoots! For more editing and photography tutorial videos every week, make sure to SUBSCRIBE! www.elainetorres.la instagram.com/_elainetorres_ --------------------------------- Model: Rachel Kiser Video, Editing and Music: Omar Padilla Filmed at Redlab Studios in North Hollywood, CA
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Gabe Marino (3 days ago)
what strobe lights do you use and which do you recommend that are good quality, affordable and what about which ones are lightweight/easy for outdoor shoots (assuming theres outlets/a portable generator with me)????
nynj999 (8 days ago)
Shawn Zayas (14 days ago)
appreciate you for this video =)
Hitch Smith (15 days ago)
New sub! Thank u
hipninja1 (22 days ago)
Could this be done with LED RGB film lights? And would it be easier or better?
GermanOsorio (29 days ago)
La modelo está de p.... Tremenda cara de obstinamiento que tiene.
Kenza Zine El Abidine (1 month ago)
Thank you so much for making this video this is exactly what i needed!
sui maraka (1 month ago)
bitch u did not show the lighting setup from the thumbnail.
Robert A (1 month ago)
The subject in this video looks completely bored ,
hipninja1 (1 month ago)
Great video! What specific lights are you using here? And how do you sync them to the camera?
Elaine Torres (1 month ago)
I'm using Paul C Buff AlienBees here and you sync them with a pocket wizard or other wireless transmitters
swoopyfpv (2 months ago)
awesome video. thanks for the work.i liked the fact, that you also showed a few smooth/slight color effects and not only extreme ones 🙃
Junaid Hassan (2 months ago)
Love the tutorial! So articulate and well put together! Thank you!
StOn D L7alazOn (3 months ago)
I love it , thanks <3
Low LowRedPhoto (3 months ago)
Do you recommend any particular gels ?
Jade Rabbit (6 months ago)
Model looks excited
Dezplain (30 days ago)
Jade Rabbit extremely
Alain Jumel (8 months ago)
Hello Elaine, great video! Question-> how many watts are your lights and what brand are they?
Elaine Torres (5 months ago)
Hey! They are from Paul C Buff www.paulcbuff.com you can fin more info on these light there. They are called AlienBees
Safi Safi (8 months ago)
Wonderful thanks for making this
Mike Iso (8 months ago)
The way you rolled that R in Torres Liked and subscribed.
Krista Isip (8 months ago)
0:05 is that a cat
Nahir Guardia (8 months ago)
Your camera is bigger than you. lol
Duphe (9 months ago)
Thank you for your video :) very good explanations !
kati baddi (10 months ago)
🙏🏽 thank you
Channing Shattuck (10 months ago)
Hey elaine, love this trick! Is there a specific color gel you purchase? Do you have a purchase link?
Elaine Torres (5 months ago)
I purchase color gels at https://www.samys.com or www.paulcbuff.com
Tre'Day (10 months ago)
What type of strobe lights would you recommend? I am having a hard time deciding which ones to buy. Strobes are the last thing I have left to get for my studio :D
Elaine Torres (5 months ago)
Depends on your budget, but a good place to start is at www.paulcbuff.com
StephRiversBaby (10 months ago)
Me encantó la forma en la que explicas el como usar los gels
Elaine Torres (10 months ago)
Gracias :)
Michael Francois (10 months ago)
Great tips for lighting but the model that in this video seems like she not in the modeling
KimLip'sLeftEye (1 month ago)
i think she was just there for showcase purposes since the focus is more on the gels' effect :)
Thank you
Elisa Turri (11 months ago)
Where can I find them?
Elisa Turri (10 months ago)
Elaine Torres thank you!
Elaine Torres (10 months ago)
Either Amazon, Ebay or any photography store online. Most photography stores as well, like Sammy's Camera REPLY
Corvus Patt (11 months ago)
Me encanta exelente video <3
Elaine Torres (10 months ago)
Brianna Blush (11 months ago)
I just subscribed to your channel and omg your photos are so beautiful! 💗
Elaine Torres (10 months ago)
Thanks so much! :)
Chigat'Art Graphics (1 year ago)
respect! Elaine thank you!
Elaine Torres (10 months ago)
Viviane Hope (1 year ago)
Que cara De cu essa modelo
What type of gels did you use and where did you get them?
Elaine Torres (11 months ago)
I get them at Sammy's Camera ($7 per sheet) I don't remember the brand name, but these were made for high temperatures.
Timmy Madani (1 year ago)
Antonio José (1 year ago)
Wow, such a great job you have in your website, thank you for doing this tutorial, following you from now on ;) Btw, what brand are those softboxes? Thanks!
Elaine Torres (11 months ago)
Thank you! thanks for watching. Which ones? I didn't use soft boxes for the shoot. The ones in the back are there as video lights.
Vertigo0Knight (1 year ago)
Music has that Sonic the Hedgehog feel to it. I like it. And I like the 5 techniques you used. Just got my color gels and I'm definitely going to try these ways. Thank you!
اناقة فكر (1 year ago)
شنو هل خرا
JC Maelstrom (1 year ago)
The best gel photography tutorial in YouTube! Gracias, Elaine :3
Elaine Torres (11 months ago)
LagiNaLangAko23 (1 year ago)
I don't do photography and I don't understand... why are the resulting photos colorized even when it don't look like the color gels are affecting the light color?
Elaine Torres (11 months ago)
Because I'm not using constant lights.
Mark Harris (1 year ago)
A great little video with everything explained really well. I noticed you don’t flag gels to constrain them, is this a purposeful style choice or, like me, you’re not the world’s biggest fan of barn doors which is the usual flagging choice? A definite subscription.
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
It will depend on the concept. Since I wanted the color to spread and reach the background I didn't use any grids or barn doors. But yes, if I want to concentrate the light, I will definitively use grids or barn doors. Thanks for watching!
Dynamita s (1 year ago)
Orgullosa de que seas latina
Elaine Torres (11 months ago)
Igualmente orgullosa
Stephanie Z (1 year ago)
What gear do you use for lighting?
Elaine Torres (11 months ago)
I use mainly equipment from Paul C Buff
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
In this video I used AlienBees B1600 and B800 from Paul C Buff and their Beauty dish as well
Amber Cotrone (1 year ago)
Where can you buy colored gels?
Amber Cotrone (1 year ago)
Elaine Torres Ok, I’ll check those out. Thanks!
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
Either Amazon, Ebay or any photography store online. Most photography stores as well, like Sammy's Camera
Jonathan Cox (1 year ago)
what equipment do you use? amazon affiliate links would probably help the channel. Just saying.
Rod Villegas (1 year ago)
Great content. Are you a Filipino?
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
Rod Villegas Thanks! I'm Puerto Rican
bloo jkl45 (1 year ago)
How is it possible that you can't see any color when she's taking the pictures? but there's so much pigmentation and color in the actual pictures?
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
bloo jkl45 The gels on the strobes are coloring the background. You can't see it in the video because these are flash lights, not constant. You will only see the effect in the picture.
Justin Hopes (1 year ago)
Great Elaine, wondering what your camera setting would have been roughly?
frame shane (1 year ago)
if possible can you just show us how to edit it in ps to get that dramatic image plz~~~~
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
frame shane Yes! I'll upload it soon!
frame shane (1 year ago)
fantastic! I ve watched it for many times,I got a whale of insparations every time (excuse my poor english
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
frame shane thank you!!! and never apologize, it's amazing that you know more than one language 😊
Spaceguy stark (1 year ago)
Hi Elaine I loved this tutorial. So helpful and btw I love how you say your last name in Spanish <3
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
Spaceguy stark Thanks! Yeah lol my last name is in Spanish so it is the correct way to pronounce it
Guillermo Kyosuke (1 year ago)
So is it necessary to use at least two sheets on the lights to get that strong color in teh photo? I try using one and the colors dont really pop like they are doing on yours? If so, i will try tomorrow.
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
It's not necessary and it doesn't work with every color. Try using a deeper shade of the color you're using.
Модель вообщем мертвая, ну-ка попросту ни какая! Лучше отыскать не могли? Ну попросту бревно! Уж простите
Karine Jacqueline (1 year ago)
what camera did you use for this shoot?
Karine Jacqueline (1 year ago)
thanks! love your work. super helpful
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
Hi Karine! I just uploaded a video talking about the lenses and cameras I use. Here's the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6L-6C7g1IQ
Walid Hassan (1 year ago)
Top class photography and so inspirational
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
Those are 640W, I believe the power dial was right at the middle.
Walid Hassan (1 year ago)
Elaine Torres what power was the lights with gels if you don't mind me asking
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
jonathan leonard (1 year ago)
Thanks for your reply Elaine I will have a look into those lights. Did you get a chance to have a look at my site I'm always keen on people's thoughts and what they think of the look of my site. Studio should be set up this year hopefully Jon
Jacob Sherf (1 year ago)
Awesome. Simple and informative. What light stands are you using there?
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
Thanks! I'm using C-stands
jonathan leonard (1 year ago)
Nice video Elaine. I am looking at setting up a studio at home in my spare room. Needs painting first mind, lol. I was thinking about the interfit ex150 set of strobe lights. Do you know anything about them and if you can use gels with them? Can you recommend any strobe lights around £100 -£200. By the way my site if your interested as always keen on comments is www.jonathanleonardphotography.co.uk
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
You can definitively use gels with those. Here's a list of good affordable brands https://www.dpmag.com/buyers-guide-2016/affordable-monolight-strobes/
Jimmy Jimmy (1 year ago)
not bad, tks
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
Thanks for watching!
Danlos D (1 year ago)
João Ramos (1 year ago)
Great video Elaine. i'm wondering, is it possible to achieve the same effects with continuous lights??
João Ramos (1 year ago)
Awesome, thanks for the tip! just got a new subscriber :)
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
Thanks! It is possible, just make sure to use gels that will not melt with constant lighting :) Some lights are hotter than others.
CatapultComedy (1 year ago)
This is pretty badass! Good stuff!
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
James Pennie (1 year ago)
Well Done
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
Thank you James, thanks for watching!
Needy Netha (1 year ago)
its cool simple thank u for tip
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
Thank you, thanks for watching!
Josh Bari (1 year ago)
Not trying to be thirsty...but your lisp is cute
Eyob Moges (1 year ago)
nice work
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
IT-all-software (1 year ago)
Really,Very nice idea.
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
Thank you! Thanks for watching!
Adina Ilie (1 year ago)
Thank you Elaine for the fast tips, they are really helpful..<3
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
I'm so glad you found these helpful! Thanks for watching <3
dae lin (1 year ago)
Do you have to do Post production to have the final effect with the red and blue color gel ? or when you take the photo is this final effect ?
Victor Yee (1 year ago)
Great, to-the-point tutorial! And the results are stunning
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
Thank you, I appreciate it! :)
Priscilla C. Scott (1 year ago)
I'm about to rent some lighting gear and I was wondering what kind I should rent. I don't know a whole lot about lighting gear yet. What can I rent that's similar to what you're using? How many flash triggers do I need?
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
Where are you looking to rent? You can rent a couple of mono strobes. They come in different brands, some less expensive than others, it all depends what brands the renting place carries. Make sure to also rent a stand and modifiers compatible with the strobes.
Pineapple Xpress (1 year ago)
Renny (1 year ago)
thank you so much for this video! it helped me alot for my school project! cheers from singapore :)
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
I'm glad to hear that! Thanks for watching! :)
EHIZ (1 year ago)
What mode did you use and what were your settings on the camera?
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
Manual mode, some where around 1/100 F7 100
Kassandra Tovar (1 year ago)
The blue and pink is so beautiful
Athvna (1 year ago)
Super helpful thanks for this
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
Glad it helped, thanks for watching!
Traviie Love (1 year ago)
Rayan D'Souza (1 year ago)
short , concise, interesting aaaaaand cute ;)
arnaud scheper (1 year ago)
Hi Elaine, great video!! ... Does it work with a blue gel as well? Your using a white paper background right? I read on some websites that grey is better... but do you think I can do a blue gel on a white background?
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
Hi, thanks for watching! To what particular case are you referring to? If it's to give color to the backdrop, you can use any color you like, just make sure the gel color is strong. I always use white if I need to apply color with a gel. The color will look vibrant and strong. I don't think darker backdrops will work for that particular case since the color won't show as good as with light color. If you're using the gels for the other examples, then yes, grey works as well.
Enzait (1 year ago)
Great vid, music was a bit loud
Marc Shanghie (1 year ago)
I love your accent, thanks for the tutorial!
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
Thank you! I love my accent too. Thank you for watching.
Matteo Rossi (1 year ago)
Thanks Elaine, great tips ;)
Data (1 year ago)
Awesome video!
Robert A (1 year ago)
The model looks bored as shite.
Ethan Cisco (1 year ago)
what strobe light do you use?
Ethan Cisco (1 year ago)
Elaine Torres thank you!
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
These are Alien Bees mono strobes from Paul C Buff
filifunk (1 year ago)
Hi! Are those lights that you put the gels on continuous lights? What kind of lights are those? thanks!
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
Hi, these are not continuous, these are mono strobes from Paul C Buff!
Ls Lx (1 year ago)
como se llama la modelo
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
Hola, lo dice al final del video "Rachel Kiser"
Devin Chaves (1 year ago)
Curious about your post on the skin. How do you achieve that porcelain skin tone?
Devin Chaves (1 year ago)
+Omgdannie2 Marvelous
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
Hi Devin, send me an email with this question [email protected]
Omgdannie2 (1 year ago)
it's done in post.
Crazy Periscope (1 year ago)
thanks. where did you buy color gels?
Elaine Torres (1 year ago)
Hi! I purchase my gels at Sammy's Camera in Los Angeles, but you can buy a pack of gels at Paul C Buff, Adorama, Amazon, Ebay, BH, etc. They are pretty easy to find.
WoodenGenius (1 year ago)
LionPaw Visuals (2 years ago)
Awesome tutorial
Elaine Torres (2 years ago)
[email protected] (2 years ago)
Great video--and, great ideas! I never thought of placing the gel in front of the lens. Very creative! Tell me, what lens are you using? Keep up the tutorials!
Elaine Torres (2 years ago)
Thanks! Canon 50mm 1.2
LensFace (2 years ago)
Does this technique also work for filming videos? Or would you need different types of lights?
Brent Hearn (1 year ago)
LensFace "Cinematography Database- Arri light workshop" on YouTube is what your looking for. Elaine's tutorial is a great start even for continuous lighting
LensFace (2 years ago)
For sure, I'll definitely try out these techniques in a upcoming video project. Thank you!
Elaine Torres (2 years ago)
You will definitively need constant/ continuous lights for videos, not strobes. But you can totally use gels with these as well and you can apply the same techniques.
Louies_Magic (2 years ago)
Hi Elaine, I was wondering where you purchased your gels from? I've been looking for some for my Alien Bees.
Omgdannie2 (1 year ago)
What was the brand of the gels?
Elaine Torres (2 years ago)
Hi! I purchase my gels at Sammy's Camera in Los Angeles, but you can buy a pack of gels at Paul C Buff, Adorama, Amazon, Ebay, BH, etc. They are pretty easy to find. The alien bees comes with gel clips included, so any type of gel will work. You can also use small clamps to attach the gels to the reflector bowls.
juan vergara (2 years ago)
oh wow
Italiaa (2 years ago)
this video is so helpful and informative!!!!
Elaine Torres (2 years ago)
Thank you! :)
Miles Thorne (2 years ago)
Very useful Elaine, one of my projects for next year :) Thanks very much
Elaine Torres (2 years ago)
Thank you, glad it helped
anna laura cappelletti (2 years ago)
So did you just use strobes for the first effect? love the tutorial very helpful!
Elaine Torres (2 years ago)
Hi Anna, yes, I used strobes for all the effects on this tutorial. Thank you! I'm glad it was helpful :)
Denzel Nyangombe (2 years ago)
Elaine Torres you're a life saver. Thanx
Elaine Torres (2 years ago)
Glad it helped. Thanks for watching!
steve kent (2 years ago)
New to this but are all of these lights strobe lights you are using? Are the continuous?
Elaine Torres (2 years ago)
Hi Steve, yes, these are strobe lights (flash lights), these are not constant. They do have a "modeling lamp" that its constant for you to see how the lighting could look, but it's not strong enough to use this way. Hope this helps! if you have more questions you can send them to [email protected]
Colin W (2 years ago)
Youer the best thank you
Elaine Torres (2 years ago)
Thank you :) thanks for watching!

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