Getting different effects with a new camera light and gels

Updated: Oct 15, 2020

Be warned, this is going to be a pretty nerdy photography post. However, it's not just about some new gear I got recently, but also I thought it would be interesting to show through some simple changes to lighting of a picture, how much you can change the mood and the feeling of that picture. You can literally cast a person in a totally different light !


Be warned, this is going to be a pretty nerdy photography post. However, it's not just about some new gear I got recently, but also I thought it would be interesting to show through some simple changes to lighting of a picture, how much you can change the mood and the feeling of that picture. You can literally cast a person in a totally different light !at on the camera would produce a rather unflattering light, but it didn't seem too bad and I tried a few experiments on myself ( having no one else the photograph at the moment), with M9 plus a little background ambient light, then with a blue gel at various brightness levels, then an orange gel at various brightness levels, then nothing but the room lights in the background, and then with a kitchen light turned on above with an without the M9. I think the results show pretty plainly the importance of lighting and how a lack of lighting can lead to some rather unflattering results ( though personally I don't mind the shadowy look in some cases ).


Here's a sample. I wonder if you can work out which is which ?




If you're looking for a photographer to take scary portraits.....no, maybe I'll do some more experiments first :-).

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