View Full Version : Beginner lighting gels

10-08-2009, 12:51 PM
Hello fellow indie's, I am a newbo. I was wondering what sort of lighting gels to get for a beginner. I mean the basic colours for shooting short films indoors. I will be shooting music videos also which will involve the really colorful gels but I need to know the basic colours for short films. ie. straw, light blue etc. And is there an online store great for getting film equipment that people on here regularly use.:huh:

I will be making my own lighting systems as I am a trained electrician so anything technical will be no problem to fix/make.

10-08-2009, 12:55 PM
I would recommend CTO, CTB, and CTG. These are all for color correcting the light. I would also recommend some ND Filters as well, for those shots when you want to shoot someone sitting at a table with a window behind them. That's just me though, others may have a different opinion.

10-08-2009, 01:02 PM
Thanks Brooksy, I had heard about these types but I am still a complete beginner. What is an ND filter, I presume it reduces light somehow.

10-08-2009, 01:25 PM
It is the same thing that is in more professional cameras, but it is in gel form. They are put over windows usually on the outside and as close to the glass as you can get it. They may need to be cut as well. I am not going to steer you wrong, they are a pain in the butt to use when used properly. However they are a super cheap alternative to having HMI's or other big lights.

10-08-2009, 01:58 PM
What is an ND filter, I presume it reduces light somehow.

It stands for Neutral Density, and it is available in various strengths.

Here's a page about it ( :)

10-16-2009, 03:35 AM
If you're talking lighting and grip stuff, your best best seems to be filmtools:

If you're talking Equipment, check out B&H:

For the gels, I would recommend this:

CTO - Convert daylight into incandescent light.
CTB - Convert incandescent (tungsten, bulb) light into daylight.
ND - Reduce the brightness without changing the color
Diffusion - Soften the shadows, spread the light more evenly.

And I've used the Amber Keys and cosmetic highlights for interviews and they've worked really well, too. Can make someone look ten years younger.