Class Introduction


Creating Impact with Color Gels


Lesson Info

Class Introduction

Thank you so much everyone for being here. I'm super excited. So, this class is called creating impact with color gels. If you know my work, if you are familiar with my what I do, color is something that I am very aware of, and I put a lot of thought and effort into my images. So, in this course I'm gonna break down everything step by step on how to shot, my camera setting, why I shoot manual, everything manual, including the white balance, I shoot Kelvin, and why I use gels. The number one question I get asked a lot, is that I use blue gels a lot. And, I don't actually. I rarely ever use blue gels, even though we have some here. We'll use it for another purpose. But I will break down and show you how I do my thought process and how I create my images. So, here we go guys, lets get started. First, I wanna thank a couple companies that I work with. They're amazing. Bayphoto, they've been with me for almost 10 years now, always supported me. Triple Scoop Music, I don't know them but they...

're amazing. And ProFoto, I don't know if you guys know but I'm with them. So, they also provide all the lights here which are wonderful to work with. And, I also have a great relationship with Canon. And, I just want to thank these folks for providing everything and helping bring me here along with CreativeLive.

Class Description

Light is essential to creating cinematic images as well as color. In this class, join five time portrait photographer of the year Alexis Cuarezma as he breaks down his process for using color gels to make an image that grabs your attention. He will teach how he sets up his camera, creates a color scheme, and selects gels to get the desired image in camera. He'll go over simple color schemes that can be done with only two lights, as well as a full stylized image using multiple lights and color gels.



Alexis Cuarezma is hilarious, very talented, and a creatively energetic instructor and artist! If I hadn't been attending Photo Week, I wouldn't have chosen this course, but boy am I glad I was in it! Gels have been an enigma to me for years (in the way that studio strobes used to be), and I was surprised at how easy and useful they were when Cuarezma explained and demonstrated them. His creative process is a joy to watch and learn from. I highly recommend this course to ALL photographers!

Amy Vaughn

I don't do athletic images, but I think the lessons in this class can be applied to other genres too. It was a nice overview of how to use color temperature settings, gels and color theory to create mood and atmosphere.

Vitamin Dee

I really dig watching his approach to creating a mood. Even if you're not into sports photography, you'll learn how to use color to convey impact.