Meeting Mika for the first time on this shoot color gel photography shoot was a blast. She was in the studio ready to kick some butt. For this color gel shoot I took my time with setup. This was only the 3rd time I had shot this style and I was still in learning mode.
I did exactly like I had learned in my Jake Hicks color gel tutorials, and I built the lighting from the back forward. Mike moved into her poses very smoothly, and I had to learn to take control of the rhythm of the shoot so my lights could catch up.
Color gel photography
Mike was fabulous for this shoot. She had a great attitude and was perfect for this learning session. I wanted to capture slight motion even though the studio space was small, so I had a fan going most of the time to work the hair.
I used 3 x 300watt strobes with 24inch silver umbrellas for this shoot. In hind-sight I wish I had smaller strip soft boxes with grids to control the lighting. No matter what issues I ran into, Mika was patient and a greta model to work with. Check out her photo session below.
What I learned in dealing with gels
In my first gel session, I remember being too aggressive with the power of the lights in order to get more saturation in color. I thought the light needed to be brighter in order for the color to be more prominent. After 3 sessions, I now feel this is not the case. Post processing plays a huge part of the final photos. The color was already present in the shot with lower light settings, I just had to learn how to compliment the colors and bring them out.
This is one of the best things I learned with the Jake Hicks tutorials. Bring out what is already there. The beauty of the model and subject was already there. The colors just needed to be complimented in the shot. I hope to keep this in mind in the future.
I hope you enjoyed this session. Consider checking out some other great gear from Sony.
Great Sony Full-Frame Cameras for Portrait Photography:
My Sony A7riii Mirrorless Camera – High resolution Sony Mirrorless Camera
The Sony A7rii – High resolution Sony Mirrorless Camera (2nd Generation)
Sony a7iii Mirrorless Camera – 3rd Generation Sony Mirrorless Camera
Sony a7ii Mirrorless Camera w/IBIS – 2nd Generation Sony Mirrorless Camera
The Sony A7 Mirrorless Camera – Great full-frame starter camera for beginners
Sony Full-Frame Lenses for Portraits: (e-mount)
Sony 85mm f1.4 G-Master – Best 85mm portrait lens
Batis 85mm f1.8 – Lightweight 85mm portrait lens
Sony 85mm f1.8 – Smallest 85mm portrait lens
Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8 – Small, sharp, lightweight portrait lens (my favorite lens)
The Sony 50mm f1.8 – Cheap starter nifty fifty
The Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4 – Great wide option for portraits and lifestyle images
Sony 24-70 G-Master f2.8 – Sharp and versatile zoom lens
Sony 24-105 G Lens f4.0 – One of the best zooms for Sony
Wide Angle 16-35mm F2.8 – G-Master wide angle lens
The Sony 70-200 G-Master Lens f2.8 – Long range telephoto zoom
Great Sony Starter Cameras for Portraits: (crop-sensor)
Sony a6400 Mirrorless Camera – Amazing eye auto-focus detection
Sony a6300 Mirrorless Camera – Sony mirrorless camera (2nd generation)
The Sony a6000 Mirrorless Camera – Great affordable interchangeable lens camera
Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera w/IBIS – Amazing photography and video camera
Affordable Crop Sensor Lenses for Portraits: (e-mount)
Sigma 30mm f1.4 – Great for blurry backgrounds
Sony 50mm f1.8 OSS – Made for crop sensors and shallow depth of field
Sigma 16mm f1.4 – Amazing lens for Vloggers and video
Sony 35mm f1.8 – Super walk around lens for travel