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How do you gel a softbox?
Old 10-17-2004, 11:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Would you tape a big gel sheet over the front face of the box or somehow wrap the gel around the bulb inside the box?
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Re: How do you gel a softbox?
Old 10-17-2004, 11:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Usually it's the latter -- larger gel across the face of the softbox -- only it's wiser to use clips (clothes pins or the like) so you can easier remove and reuse the gel later, instead of tape. Some strobe makers, however, do sell products that can attach in front of the light. But I've always gone the exterior route myself.

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Re: How do you gel a softbox?
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As a full time photo assistant, I've worked for more guys who go for the inside. It uses less gel, and is less prone to wind and getting bumped off. I use C-47's unless the box is going to be hand-held, then I might tape the gel in, or use styling clips, or double zero clamps (the yellow ones)
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Re: How do you gel a softbox?
Old 10-18-2004, 12:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Gel the light... not the box..

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Re: How do you gel a softbox?
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For those of you that prefer to gel the light, rather than the box, how do you do it? Tape it all around the light? I've got Alien Bee lights so I'm having trouble visualizing it.
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What are they?
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Re: C-47s?
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get yourself some wooden clothespins... the old fashioned kind. take them apart. you now have three pieces per clothespin (2-wood, 1-metal) turn the wood pieces 180 degrees around and re-assemble so the tapered ends are now the gripping ends. Voila! a C-47! The trustiest tool of every lighting guy in hollywood and beyond.
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You can remove the modeling light and that can make life a lot easier.. but if you can't see the model, then be sure to have the room lights onand make sure you are using the strobes at 1/125th @ f5.6 at with 100 iso least....so that you won't be picking up any ambient light..

That's what I do if I gel a light in a soft box which I don't often do..

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