Sometimes the locations we have to work with are a little played out or uninspiring. By using gels and haze to our advantage you really can transform a space dramatically. The great thing about these techniques is that they can be done for very little money.
The guys over at Westcott are back once again with another insightful video featuring Sports Photographer and Educator Matt Hernandez. The video is a great look at a very typical two-light setup where on this occasion a collapsible beauty dish is being used as the main light and a simple reflector with a grid is acting as a hair light from behind.
What makes this setup a little different to your traditional portrait lighting is the inclusion of a colored gel and a haze machine. If you're not sure how to get the best out of gels, this video will help to bring you up to speed. As for the haze, Hernandez shows us how the addition of some fog in the background can really add depth and drama to your work.
For those on a budget, it is actually possible to purchase haze in a can which won't break the bank and is a great alternative to the expensive fog machines. Combine this with a Rosco blue gel and you'll be ready to use your existing lighting to achieve a very different look, all for less than $20.