In my last two posts I shot some footage of plants around the house to compare the gels on my LED 5001 light. I felt like the transparent gel really had a nice cold feel. I felt like the video was shot in the winter on a cold night. It gave the video more of an icy ambiance, more blue tones came through. The warm gel in my next video gave the footage a more natural “night shot” type of glow that I didn’t associate so much with temperature but more with almost an on lookers perspective. I felt like I was witnessing the plants more than I could feel them. The transparent gel definitely gave me a colder feel than the warm gel.
In future videos, depending on the overall feel of my concept, I’ll choose my light settings according to a few main factors:
- Indoors footage needs the warm gel to represent tungsten lighting. The transparent gel indoors doesn’t bring out skin tones or the colors that indoor lighting create.
- Outdoor footage will take on the ambiance of the temperature gel and the amount of light you decide on (dimmer).
- The barn doors can add some very beautiful vignetting. Or you can not use them at all and add in post for more control.
- The dimmer knob on this light also adds to how the footage appears in the final cut of the video.