Liven up por­traits with the help of flash­guns and coloured gels

Digital Photograper - - Techniques -

1 PICK YOUR KIT Choose and at­tach two com­ple­men­tary coloured gels to two flash­guns. At­tach one flash­gun to the hot shoe of your cam­era, and the sec­ond one on a stand off-cam­era.

2 CHOOSE SET­TINGS Set your DSLR to man­ual mode. Start with an aper­ture of around f8 and a 1/200sec shut­ter speed. Tweak the ISO to suit the avail­able light.

3 SET MAIN LIGHT The flash­gun at­tached to the hot shoe will be the key light aimed to­wards the model. Start with 1/8 power and a 50mm zoom, then fire off a test shot.

4 SET SEC­OND LIGHT Set the off-cam­era flash to 1/16 power. Po­si­tion the stand slightly be­hind and to the side of your model. Fire off a few test shots and check the re­sults.


in this shot, a light-blue gel il­lu­mi­nated the model from

the front, and a pink gel was po­si­tioned be­hind the

sub­ject as a rim light

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