DIY Photography with Larry Becker: Gels

Option Two: Plastic Frame

DIY Photography

This method is based on a tutorial I saw on, where they used a clear, Plexiglass, desktop photo-holder stand, warmed it along a line using a lighter (or torch), and then bent it to just the right size and shape to act as a gel holder. With this option, you can stack your gels in the holder without putting Velcro on each piece of gel.

So, that’s how to add gels to your flash, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. All you have to do now is experiment to see how your flashes blend with ambient lights, or use them for special effects. It will add a whole new dimension to your flash photography.


Now you have your gels set up, check out these two posts to give you the next step. Here is on by RC on using your gels with flashes at night or this one by Erik Valind on making theatrical choices.


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