Speedlights + gels + Gobo?

This is a behind the scenes post on my trial and error results with speedlights and gels. 

I started with TWO NEEWER speed-lights 

I paired them with Flash Gels

annnnddd because i have no self control i gobo'd** them with a snowflake ornament


** In photography, a "gobo" is any object that goes between your subject and your light source. Gobos are just used to cast different patterns of light onto your subject.

Gobo's can be anything from window blinds to prisms, you naaaame it!

But wait... there's more! I decided to take down my window blinds

Zero self control. but really.. how else do you learn without trial trial trial and a little bit of error + success stories. 

above is the BTS of my grand home studio - below are the results

Here i added another gel on camera left

oh.. you thought this blog post was over? i too the prism/snowflake and added it to the mix, but i switched it up a bit. I was wondering would would happen if i placed it in front of the lens.. distortion? lens flare.. BOTH?!


Adding creativity to what you have

Continued from the previous post. I took the Kiddie pool shoot to the next level. 

I removed the black sheets.. changed the water.. and added MILK. 

Its def good to ask your model if they are alergic to any of these components. you can improvise from there. *no models were harmed in the execution of this shoot.*

Above is the behind the scene. Below is the final result.

Use what you have!

My name is Jinette Lopez. To jump right in - the purpose of my blog and my whole movement is simply: USE WHAT YOU HAVE. I lived many months that added up to years holding myself back feeling like i "needed" certain things in order to finally be a real photographer. I can honestly say - it wasn't until I got crafty and resourceful that I catapulted a level of creativity i never knew I was capable of without the fancy finer things in photography life. 

My first post is a perfect example of affordable items used on a perfect sunny day to create a gorgeous portrait. I browsed on Amazon and purchased a kiddie pool (yes a kiddie pool). I took a black bed sheet and draped it inside the pool. Filled it with water and the look took off from there. 

Above is a BTS shot of our shoot - Below I attached a collage of the final images.

Gear used in this set:

Canon T3i

Sigma 35mm 1.4

Inflatable kiddie pool

Twin flat sheet (Black)

The Sun

My backyard :)