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1/2 CTO vs 1/2 Straw (4 replies and 3 comments)

simon m
2 months ago
simon m 2 months ago

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.

Mike
2 months ago
Mike 2 months ago

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.

dmullenasc
2 months ago
dmullenasc 2 months ago

Straw is just a little more yellow than Orange.  Try it out.

simon m
1 month ago
simon m 1 month ago

Thanks Mike and David. I'll get a bit of each and see how it looks.

Krishan
1 month ago
Krishan 1 month ago

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

dmullenasc
1 month ago

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.

Krishan
1 month ago

That's a very good point. I hadn't considered that

simon m
1 month ago

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!

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