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A Primer on Gels

Mason Trullinger, the reader who has set up, posted a cool link to a Guide to Color Filters (right click it to download) publication put out by Rosco.

It is primarily a theatrical lighting how-to, but I found it to be a very interesting reference. I really want to learn more about how to better use gels. So many possibilities.

(Thanks, Mason!)


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Blogger Brad Calkins said...

Thanks for the tip - it is always interesting to see how a related industry uses similar stuff. Also thanks to Mason, I've got some gels to experiment with!


July 25, 2007 12:33 AM  
Blogger Yu-Hoon said...

This booklet/thing was included in my roscolux gel sampler...thing... I thought everyone kind of had one, but I guess I got lucky with the latest shipment of swatches (that's what it's called!)

July 25, 2007 3:06 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

My favourite link for gels is

Its a Lee filters selector for different lighting colour temperatures. Draw a line between the input and output colour temperature and it will find the closest filter in their ranges

July 25, 2007 6:56 AM  
Blogger mason said...


The Rosco pdf has a similar chart that makes filter selection oh so easy. Now all we need is a cheap Chinese knockoff of the Gosen or Minolta Color Meter. Here is another great link for understanding color correction:

Mason Trullinger

July 25, 2007 11:49 AM  
Anonymous tpuerzer said...


There is an interesting podcast of an interview with Joel Svendsen of Rosco Labs on the website (I think it is Podcast number 10 on their site.)

It's worth listening to because he covers some interesting ways to use the filters.


I look forward to seeing you in Seattle!


July 25, 2007 12:20 PM  
Blogger Skye said...

Just a note from a happy customer, I ordered 3 sets of gels from Mason at and couldn't be happier with them.

July 26, 2007 8:33 PM  

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