Which gels should I use?

Which gels should I use?

I’d say the following are must-haves, but if you scan the links below you’ll find some helpful descriptions of each and what they are good for (moonlight, water effects, sunrise, etc.):
(And for you computer geeks out there, NO, YOU CAN’T SHOOT WITHOUT GELS AND GET THESE EFFECTS IN POST!   )

Each shooter will have a unique selection, since you might be doing a lot of nighttime scenes, or interviews, or shooting under fluorescents, or who knows?

Cinelux #18: Flame
Warm pinkish amber. Afternoon sunset. Good sidelight. (Transmission = 56%).

Cinelux #318: Mayan Sun
A medium salmon color which evokes feeling of a tropical island. A good sunset color. Interesting backlight and accent color. Good for warm tonal effects. (Transmission = 52%).

Roscolux #02: Bastard Amber
Good where a tint of color is needed. Excellent for natural skin tones. (Transmission = 78%).

Roscolux #67: Light Sky Blue
Excellent sky color. Useful for cyc and border lights. (Transmission = 26%).

Roscolux #70: Nile Blue
Useful for very light midday skies. Occasionally used for general cool tint. (Transmission = 45%).

CTB gels:
E-Colour #201: Full C.T. Blue
Tungsten to Daylight 3200K to 5700K (Transmission = 34%).

E-Colour #281: 3/4 CTB
Tungsten to Daylight 3200K to 5000K (Transmission = 45.5%).

E-Colour #202: Half C.T. Blue
Tungsten to Daylight 3200K to 4300K (Transmission = 55%).

E-Colour #203: Quarter C.T. Blue
Tungsten to Daylight 3200K to 3600K (Transmission = 69.2%).

ND gels:
Roscolux #97: Light Grey
Neutral greys to reduce intensity without affecting color temperature. (Transmission = 50%).

Roscolux #397: Pale Grey
A half stop neutral density. (Transmission = 70%).

Diffusion gels:
Roscolux #100: Frost
Frost. Changes ellipsoidal to fresnel beam pattern.

Roscolux #104: Tough Silk
Creates a slash of light for stretching light along stairs, tables, cycs, etc. Diffuses while maintaining compactness of beam.

Roscolux #116: Tough White Diffusion
A range of diffusion materials adapted from cinematography-used for softening the shadow of the beam while maintaining a relatively high color temperature because of the use of ultra-white pigments in the manufacturing process.

I didn’t include any saturated color gels if you are shooting club, music video, or want unmotivated intense color swatches for interviews.







  1. Jacquie 15 years ago

    Great list – thank you!

  2. Paulo Azevedo 14 years ago

    when you talk of transmission from Tungsten to Daylight 3200K to 5000K (Transmission = 45.5%).what are you saying please thx paulo

    • Josh 14 years ago

      Paulo, this means that with these gels you can use 3200K professional lights mixed with sunlight and the light will all appear to be the same color by the camera.

      Without the gels the lights would look orange.

      Do you have DV Enlightenment?


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