1/2 CTO vs 1/2 Straw (4 replies and 3 comments)
Hello Roger and Forum, I'm inexperienced with using gels, but want to warm up window a little in an upcoming project. Of course this is all subjective but I've read that Straw can look more natural than CTO. Can anyone offer a little guidance for me before I buy some? Thanks.
Assume you are projecting from the outside into the interior, “Straw” is very effective and would be my choice over “orange” (but does depend) I think that you will find that Roger also prefers “straw” too as he does mention it when lighting a set. Maybe best to obtain a small roll of both before you buy quantity. You can get off cuts for testing.
Straw is just a little more yellow than Orange. Try it out.
Thanks Mike and David. I'll get a bit of each and see how it looks.
If you're in New York or LA, you may be able to get scraps at a G&E rental house or studio.
Personally, I would recommend dimming a tungsten lamp instead of using a gel. I only gel with CTS when I'm stuck with fluorescents or LEDs
Assuming he isn't talking about an HMI outside a window, one issue with dimming tungsten is if he wants a 1/2 CTO/CTS warmth, that's almost a 50% level on the dimmer (I find that 1/4 CTO/CTS is similar to around a 70% dimmer level). Haven't done an exact study though.
That's a very good point. I hadn't considered that
Yes, my original post was concerned with warming up a window that has natural daylight outside. it's for a doc interview. I like your point David. I suppose in that situation one could alternately dim a higher wattage tungsten bulb. It's amazing how our little gaffer's kit is growing!