Using gels to change the background color in your photos

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I recently experimented shooting with gels to change the background color. I started out with a roll of dark gray seamless paper. Then I positioned the background light a few feet from the background, and covered it with a Rosco gel. Next I proceeded to shoot a series of musical instruments with the background light 2 stops lower than the main light. I also used a reflector for fill and a piece of black foam as a flag to block light from the main light to the background.

The photo on the left was shot with a dark blue gel on the background. The photo on the right was shot with a dark purple gel on the background and a light purple gel over the main light to give the guitar head stock some color. Images may be licensed from iStockPhoto, click here for the series.

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    • Jamie

      Thanks Steve, they were fun to experiment with. I hope to add more to the series and try some different setups.

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