Strobist Lighting Techniques – MagMod Gel Photography Shoot
Isabelle: Hi, my name is Isabelle, and your host today is Ron Sullivan. We are working with MagMod.
[laughing] I did it backwards.
Ron: Thanks for funny introduction, Isabelle. And yes, we will be working with MagMods today.
Next thing we’re going to do is we’re going to open up the box for the MagMod. And I have Isabelle opening the box for me here. Several things that will appear on the desk. And one of them is a transmitter band, which is basically for a wireless remote. The adapter to go on the flash is- that should fit on almost any flash. You should check your flash specs to make sure it will fit on it. But, it does fit on our newer flash, which is a very inexpensive flash.
Next, Isabelle will take apart the gel holder, and then the grid. The gel holder allows you to put the MagMod gels in there to give you the color effects. The neat thing with this product- it’s all magnet based. So, nothing falls off in the field. And again, this is a relatively new product for us. We’re testing it out tonight. But, it’s a fun product to work with.
Here’s a clip of the MagMod on our newer flash. It gives you an idea what it looks like. The grid is very good for directing light in a very specific way. As opposed to without the grid, the flash would tend to pump out the light a little wider. This makes it very narrowed and very focused on the subject you point it at.
Next, is our setup. We have two newer flashes, one pointing at each ear of the subject with a different color gel, with the grid attached on it as we showed you in the video. We have a TriGrip reflector being held by the model just to put a little bit more contrast in the image of her. And the third light is a newer LED video light. Now, you’re probably asking why did I use this. Simple thing. When we went to shoot this video, one of our receivers would not work. So, we needed light on the model’s face. So, what I did is I took out my $9.99 newer video light and I put it on a tripod, or a stand, and pointed it at the model. That’s what we did, and it gave me the affect I needed, allowed the camera to focus in on the model’s face. And I wanted a band of light to hit her from the forehead to the chin. So, I improvised. If you’re wondering why I didn’t go with the third flash, we do have one but I couldn’t get the remote to work. And we wanted to film that video that day. But in theory, if everything worked, I would have had a third flash pointing directly at the model.
Okay, you can see from the setup, Isabelle is sitting down. We have a MagMod on each flash with the grid. Different colored gels pointed back by her ears, by the side of the head. And you’ll see the video light pointing up at her, and the TriGrip. Basically, that’s how we did it. We had a #[LasoLight ? 0:03:35.0] background in the back. It’s often in my studio there, or the seamless white woodwork too, as well. Then, I turned the studio lights off as I photographed this. Just something I prefer to do. I like working with minimal light on the studio. I find it’s easy to focus on the shoot and stuff. So, as we go through it, you’ll see the finished effect.
Here’s the finished image. I did a second image too, where I dropped in into OnOne, and then I also used Topaz. Just playing around with it to create a bit of a different effect. The first image is just probably edited in camera raw. And the second image, as I mentioned, has OnOne and Topaz in it. I sometimes just play around with things. You never know what you’re going to get with these programs, so it’s sometimes nice to drop an image in and play with it.
Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this quick episode on using MagMods and gels. Please subscribe to our channel. We have many more videos in production and we intend to release on our channel. But I really like to see more support from the community to say whether you enjoy this product and whether you want us to continue. We really enjoy making these videos, but they are a labor of love and they take time. And I’d like to see some support from the community saying that they really want to see more by subscribing. Thanks, and have a great day. Bye.
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