Bring your studio pictures to life
with the Lovegrove studio collection
Here at the Lovegrove studio, Damien Lovegrove and his
team have put together a collection of gels from literally hundreds of
candidates. Each one has been chosen because of the mood or character it
evokes in a digital image. The way a gel photographs is often very
different to it’s visual appearance. All the assessing was done using
digital files straight from camera. The gels were photographed
illuminating a grey background whilst a model posed in the foreground to
give a true skin tone reference.
The gels were simply clipped to a flash head with a 60 degree
reflector and the power of the flash head was adjusted to reveal a range
of luminance values with each colour. “I’m amazed at just how much
control there is
with each gel” says Damien. “With the background light
switched off the
background was completely black and with the light on half
power without a gel it was pure white. This gave me full
control of the
light density and is key to being effective with gels”.
With such vibrant colours to hand, it is vital to be in
subtle shade and hue changes. A small hue shift can have an
effect on the mood a picture evokes and putting together a
collection of gels has been like creating a paint collection
The Studio Collection contains:
• 37 sheets of gel 12” x 12” (30cm x 30cm) in size.
• Comprising of 22 vibrant hues and 15 pastel shades.
It’s easy to see colours that work when you are looking at
real photographs rather than gel swatches. The Lovegrove team has done the hard work so you can
enjoy creating beautifully lit masterpieces to transform your clients
Sets of 4 croc clips to keep your gels in place are also available.
If you intend to use these gels with a continuous light please attach them to the barn doors, NOT directly over the lamp/lens. If you intend on using these gels with a studio flash please turn off the modelling lamp as the gels may warp if overheated.
Recreate the images taken in the grid above using Damien's step-by-step technique.
Download our PDF here.
Colour Reference Guide: Download, print out and make your own notes with our handy colour
reference guide. Download it here.
You may also be interested in… Colour Correction Gels
These new gel sets have been chosen specifically for tungsten and daylight balanced HMI lighting. Ideal if you already own a Lowel i/id-light, Arri Junior Fresnel, Lupo spotlight or Hedler HMI light. Learn more here.