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So, I put a sock on my beauty dish and learned I wanted Gels

So, i decided to finally experiment with putting a sock on my beauty dish, which lately has just been an obtuse floor ornament in my studio (front room), and I am saddened by how long it took me to do it. I love the light it casts when close to a subject. We took quite a few pictures and while its now clear to me that my socked beauty dish will be getting much more use, something is also more clear to me: I need Gel's. This was a very basic lighting setup with 2 AB800s. One on a boom, fairly close to the subject with the beauty dish attached and a second back raised high and behind with a gridded 7" reflector for the rim light. Once I got these in post I realized I wanted to do something a little different with this setup, I wanted to add some color via my rim light source. So a few channel augmentations and a masked colorize adjustment layer later I had a reasonably convincing geled light source. And why I feel this is important enough to bring up is because I feel digital experimentation that leads to future real-world shoot decisions is something that gets lost in all the digital trickery, post production, photoshop guru-how to discussion. Yes you can fake it but you can also experiment with an idea using what you have at the moment to inform future shoot decisions. I have been toying with the idea of buying gels for quite some time. But after this shoot and experimentation in photoshop, I feel buying some gels and using them on set is something that will help push me further artistically and will add a new level of intrigue to my photos. I would suggest using every resource you have available to help you find your voice as an artist. Don't let some technicality like it not all being done in camera hold you back. 

 

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