Colour with light

Com­bine your flash­guns and coloured gels to cre­ate a rainbow of pho­to­graphic pos­si­bil­i­ties. Ja­son Par­nell-Brookes gets cre­ative…

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Com­bine your flash­guns and coloured gels to cre­ate a rainbow of pho­to­graphic pos­si­bil­i­ties where you are the mas­ter of light and colour

White light comes from the sun and when placed into a prism sep­a­rates into the vis­i­ble spec­trum we know as a rainbow. As hu­mans, our eyes are ca­pa­ble of see­ing around 10 mil­lion colours so it’s vi­tally im­por­tant to learn how to con­trol and com­ple­ment colours in our pho­tog­ra­phy. Light (and its colour) can be re­flected, ab­sorbed, re­fracted and more. For most of us our lives are dom­i­nated with the use of colour, from food to pho­tog­ra­phy. So, with the skills we’ve al­ready ac­quired in ear­lier parts of this ‘Teach Your­self Flash’ se­ries, in this tu­to­rial we’re go­ing to place coloured gels over our flash­guns and let the colours blend to­gether over our model to pro­duce por­traits that look vi­brant and punchy. Let’s take a look at how this rainbow fits to­gether.

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