Color gels explained in under a minuteProfoto's product expert Chris Fain talks about the different types of color gels and when to use them.
Get to know Profoto's color gelsProfoto's product expert Chris Fain demonstrates Profoto's range of creative and corrective color gels.
What's the difference?
Snap-on stackable gels for A-series flashes.
Diameter: 7.5 cm / 2.95 in
Number of variants: 7 (effect) and 5 (correction)
Kit available: 5
Adapter needed: No
Magnetic stackable gels for battery-powered monolights.
Diameter: 10 cm / 3.94 in
Number of variants: 7 (effects) and 5 (correction)
Kit available: 1
Adapter needed: Yes (OCF II Grid & Gel Holder)
Experience the color spectrum
Use a CTO (color temperature orange) gel to balance the flash light with the color temperature of tungsten or sunset light. By doing so, the color temperature of your flash matches the ambient light, which results in a natural blend. Say you’re shooting a wedding couple in the sunset; use the CTO to avoid gray or pale-looking skin tones and instead get warm skin tones.
To make your scene look cooler, use CTB (color temperature blue) gel to increase the flash's color temperature. It comes in handy during overcast weather when the color temperature of your flash could read as a little too warm. In that instance, add a CTB gel to balance the flash and ambient light.
It can be tricky to shoot in fluorescent light environments, especially if ambient window light is present because this combination risks creating a strong magenta influence on your image. To avoid this, use the CTG (color temperature green) gel on your light to balance out the flash and fluorescent light.
Creative color effect gels hold the power to transform scenes. They help you make the most of any lighting situation where you want to use color as an extra creative element to the image. Use the gels to change the color of your background, create different color shadows, intriguing highlights on your subject’s face, or golden hour light.