Using Gels to Change the Scene

On this quick Adorama video, pro photographer Joe McNally talks using lighting with color gels to create a unique atmosphere in a photo.

Gels when used in the right way can dramatically contribute to the look of an image creating a more interesting, vivid atmosphere. You can combine gels with regular lights and as you can see in McNally’s example they can be used to create different illusions (for instance – mimicking the light from a cinema projector).

Earlier this year photographer Mike Brehaut did a short Gel related tutorial which shows a few other examples of what you can do creatively when using colored gels


You can find many more helpful photography tips on our Photography tips section here on and  LensVid. You can also check all of Joe McNally previous videos here on the site on this link.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.


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