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How I Got the Shot: Teal and Orange

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Playing with gels is always a fun time, join me as I break down how I got this photo of Toronto model and photographer Sam Yang.

I love working with gels, but it’s been a long time since I’ve gotten to play with them, so I recently hit up Toronto model and photographer Sam Yang, who I’ve been wanting to work with for a while, and more or less asked him if he wanted to come make something cool together, and thankfully he was down.

The video detailing all of the behind the scenes of how I lit the image is detailed here, and you can see more videos like this on my channel. I go into detail of exactly how I shot the image and why I placed lights in certain places, but I didn’t go into the gear too much.

I shot the image on a Fujifilm X-T3 with the 56mm f/1.2 lens at f/4.0. For lights I used three Cactus speed lights, two RF-60s and one RF-60x.

One thing to be wary of when using gels is that their saturation is inversely related to their brightness: The brighter a gelled light is, the less saturated it will become. Have you ever played with gels in the studio? I’d love to see your shots in the comments below!

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