Color gel


In photography and videography, a filter is a camera accessory consisting of an optical filter that can be inserted into the optical path. The filter can be of a square or oblong shape and mounted in a holder accessory or, more commonly, a glass or plastic disk in a metal or plastic ring frame, which can be screwed into the front of or clipped onto the camera  lens. (Definition from Wikipedia)



Beside having a lot of fun watching Kat work her makeup magic to create the Glamactic look for this series, I also had so much fun working with gel filters. Although my intentions were to use an external flash, I soon found out that I had no need to use it.

Here’s a list of the equipment that I used – click on the image to see the what gel filters I used to create each shot.

Equipment used:


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(see specs on camera settings and filters in description)


I hope you found these tips useful. Do not limit your creativity. If you want to blend different gel colors, go for it! If you want to focus the light a certain direction to make use of shadow vs. eliminate it, by all means, please do so! You will be surprised how great your pictures come out when you think outside the box. Use the”rules” as reference instead of letting them dictate your creativity.

Please feel free to comment your critiques and/or questions below – I would love to know what you think!


To see more of Kat’s beautiful glam creations, please visit her website: Glam By Kat

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