It's Easy, Being Green...

UPDATE: One free sample pack request? Cool. Legions of free sample pack requests? Not so much. The page at Rosco linked to by this post has been removed. And I am pretty sure we killed it. Oops.

Hey, folks-

Here's a quick link to request a Rosco "swatch book," which contains a single, shoe-mount-flash-sized sample of just about every gel Rosco makes. (It's about 2 inches thick!)

If you are going to use them on your strobes, you simply need to extend the size a little by sandwiching some tape onto the edges. The gel itself will cover your shoe-mount strobe face just fine, but it has to have some extra length created to have space to fasten it with the velcro technique discussed on the "how-to gel" page.

This'll get you started even if you are penniless on a student budget. And don't worry that you are freeloading. You will be purchasing some of the 24" x 20" sheets at $6.95 a pop before it's over.

New to the gel thing? Get more info on this how-to page, from the Lighting 101 section.



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Anonymous Chad Worthman said...

You can also drop by a dealer to pick up a swatch book. I'm in Canada and requested a swatch book from the Roscoe website several times, but it never showed up. I stopped into a local audio/video shop and they had several swatch books in stock, they gave me 2 for free.

Lee Filters also has a swatch book, the Lee swatches are a little bit bigger.

They're a great tool for small flashes, lots of fun.

May 04, 2006 8:19 AM  
Anonymous Mason Trullinger said...

Is there any solution for getting gels just a bit bigger than the ones in the swatch book without buying the full sheets? Is there an size in between ?

May 04, 2006 11:45 AM  
Blogger EssPea Photography said...

Anyone else getting:
"The page cannot be displayed
The page you are looking for is currently unavailable. The Web site might be experiencing technical difficulties, or you may need to adjust your browser settings."

When they submit their info?

I tried in IE and Firefox to no avail.

May 04, 2006 12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's probably a Canada thing. It worked for me but I'm in the US.

May 04, 2006 12:25 PM  
Blogger EssPea Photography said...

No matter, I just walked to a camera store on my lunch and picked up a sampler for Lee Filters. There are a lot more than I was expecting. Now its time to find the two out of the bunch that I want to test. :)

May 04, 2006 2:40 PM  
Blogger David said...


Not getting any problems on this end. Might be your cookies setting, but other than that, I have no idea.


May 04, 2006 3:05 PM  
Blogger Daaave said...

I put my details into their form on the site and 3 business days later I have my swatch book (I'm in the UK). Nice one Rosco, that's what I call service.

May 09, 2006 2:59 PM  
Blogger Daaave said...

Er, oops. I've just realised a couple of things:

a) I ordered the wrong swatch book, I got a 'Supergel' swatch and there's no 'window green' or 'CTO'. Doh.

b) Those colours appear in 'Cinegel' but even if I had got that swatch, there's more than one CTO... Which one is the correct one (1/2, 1/4, 1/8, etc)?

May 09, 2006 3:37 PM  
Blogger Gordon said...

I recieved my swatches in the mail today, I live in Canada. There must be a "bazillon" different colours in there!

May 15, 2006 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

I have purchased gel swatch books from B&H before (part number ROSBC & ROSBR). They were a grand sum of a pennny each. I just added them to an order when I was getting other things...

I have also purchased an assortment of gels intended for club/concert lighting that were for PAR64 lights at a music store. They are about 10X10 inches square. You do not get much of a choice of colors, usually dark blue, red, orange, green, etc. Would be more for adding a color, so if you need a particular color for color correction the best way is to buy the sheet.

September 11, 2006 3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm in Canada and called Rosco directly. They are mailing six swatchbooks to me. So.... get them while they have them in stock.

November 24, 2006 3:43 PM  
Blogger ArchiesBoy said...

It appears that the tungsten bulb is slowly being phased out, and the compact flourescent bulb is going to replace it on a worldwide basis. This is not good for photographers at this point, because film and sensors have been geared to the incandescent standard for years. Now it appears all that's about to change. The Kelvin temp varies from maker to maker; it will be some time before a standard is settled upon. That said, what gel do you recommend as being the best match for the cfb?

October 18, 2007 5:54 PM  
Anonymous Parallax said...

The link works fine. I used the form to request the "swatch book" a few days ago and got one today by Rosco/Italy as i'm in Greece.

November 15, 2007 1:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rosco moved that page.

March 31, 2008 11:53 AM  
Blogger Matt Gholston said...

I love the Rosco and Lee small free swatchbooks...and I have bought lots of full size sheets as well for hot studio type lights...

But for a portable lighting kit that has lots of versatility and is affordable, I don't think that you can beat what Lee calls their "Master Location Pack"

This pack is a full set of color correction gels in 12"x12" sheets + a selection of their most popular accent colors...

You can see the actual list here:

You can purchase it here for $50...

I think it is a great bargain as it includes only what you need and not what you don't... and I have one in my lighting bag always along with a filter cutter.


April 20, 2008 10:14 AM  

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