How to create a colored background using gels | Profoto (CA)

How to create a colored background with gels

23 May, 2020

Written by: Profoto

Working with gels is a fun way to bring color to your image by changing the color of your background and creating different colors of your shadows. Here are Hannah Couzens' 3 steps on how to work with gels to create a more colorful portrait.

Step 1: Mount an OCF Beauty Dish Silver on the Profoto B10 Plus, the key light in this image. Choose a light pattern to light the model and place the B10 Plus accordingly.

Step 2: Select the color gels you want to fill in the shadows with. For this image, Hannah chose "Peacock Blue", "Light Lavender" and "Rose Pink" from the OCF Color Gel Starter Kit. Hannah wanted the two colors on the background to work together so the background wasn’t distracting but different enough to still maintain interest.

Step 3: If you are using several colors that are similar, like in this case, use a Profoto A1X as a rim light to avoid colors bleeding into each other. By adding the hair light at the back, Hannah ensured that the pink gel as the fill on the face didn’t blend into the violet on the background and kept some separation.

Tip
Using a silver beauty dish gives more shadows and contrast which allows your gels to pop.

Written by: Profoto

Products used in this story

Profoto A1X

The world’s smallest studio light
From $1,475.00 CAD

Profoto B10 & B10 Plus

Big lights in small packages
From $2,299.00 CAD

Profoto D2

The world’s fastest monolight with TTL
From $2,399.00 CAD

Air Remote TTL

Wirelessly connects your AirTTL light with your camera
From $599.00 CAD

OCF Beauty Dish Silver

A portable beauty dish for off-camera flashes
$299.00 CAD

OCF Color Gel Starter Kit

A kit with a Grid and Gel Holder and 10 popular gels
$149.00 CAD