One of the funnest ways you can spice up a standard portrait is to add gels to your lights. This video will show you how to use them to create color portraits that help your subject really pop.
Coming to you from our friends over at SLR Lounge, this great video will show you how to use gels in a portrait. The cool thing about gels is that they are super cheap and incredibly straightforward to use, with almost no extra setup time involved. This makes them a great option for generating a big impact without much effort or cost. The important thing to notice is how careful Jirsa is with the positioning of his key light and how he goes to additional efforts to control the spill as well. This is to prevent any light from the key light from spilling on the backdrop, where the gelled light is aimed. If this were to happen, the key light would wash out the gel light and would reduce the effect of the color. This makes this sort of portrait a great exercise for practicing your control of light, as well as a fun and easy way to experiment with more creative shots. Check out the video above for the full rundown.