One of our loyal readers, Rogier van Bakel, recently contacted us with an article suggestion that we decided to share with you. Rogier is a wedding photographer based near Bar Harbor, Maine and he has a custom tip on how to gel Profoto B1 or Profoto D1 monolights without the use of any tape, rubber bands, or Velcro. His method allows the lights use of modifiers since they're free of obstruction and keeps them looking good too, as tape and Velcro have a tendency to scratch at surfaces and leave unnecessary residues behind.
My photography bag always has a roll of gaffer tape inside of it along with an assortment of zip ties, Velcro strips and bungee cords should I ever encounter anything on a shoot that might need to be attached to something else. Although I kind of enjoy slapping tape and Velcro around to hold things together, Rogier went about a much neater and cleaner way to utilize colored gels with his monolights, and the best part is... you really don't need much to do it!
Gather your materials. Rogier recommends a 20x24" roll of your favorite colored gel, a marker and a pair of scissors. You must first carefully pry the frosted glass away from the light's spring-loaded clips.
Using the frosted glass front cover as a template, trace circles around the glass on the gel sheet. Next, cut along the inside of the circles you've drawn. The goal is to end up with a gel that is 9 centimeters (just over 3.5 inches) in diameter.
Put the frosted glass cover back on your light and then work the gel circle underneath the spring-loaded clips as well for a perfect fit! Your Profoto flash is now gelled, sans tape, and without getting in the way of any modifiers you might use.
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