Adding gel to a china ball
Posted 21 August 2012 - 11:49 AM
Does anybody have a creative and efficient way to properly gel the inside of the china ball? I've been somewhat successful in making a bailing wire cage around the wire fixture to keep the gel off the globe, but it's never been very clean nor easy to change out the gel color.
I'd be very interesting in seeing what you've all come up with! Thanks!
Posted 21 August 2012 - 07:05 PM
I've just a bit of gel cut to the right size and wrap it around the middle stem bit and secure it with a peg to one side of the vertical central column, takes literally seconds.
Posted 21 August 2012 - 10:18 PM
Posted 22 August 2012 - 02:51 AM
I use china balls on every shoot, both 12" and 24", and have also struggled with adding gel to my light. I typically add a duvatyn skirt to all of my china balls to mask off any unwanted light onto walls, other subjects. I found that if you have big enough sheets of gel, you can clamp them to the bottom of the skirt around the bottom of the china ball.
Posted 22 August 2012 - 08:45 AM
Yup, mine are the same type. Your method works fine for smaller wattage bulbs, 100w or less, but lately I've been using 200w globes with porcelain sockets and a gel wrapped around the stems melts after about 3 minutes. I find that the gel needs to be at least one inch away from the globe to not melt. Adding a bit of heat shield inside the gel helps too, but again, it's all really cumbersome. I'd hate to give up on this though! Someone must have encountered this issue in the past!
Could you use CFL in a single to four socket converter?
I've seen people do that before, that would remove the heat problem perhaps.
Edited by Olliehm, 22 August 2012 - 08:46 AM.
Posted 12 September 2012 - 01:56 PM