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Creating Impact with Color Gels

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Class Introduction

Alexis Cuarezma

Creating Impact with Color Gels

Alexis Cuarezma

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Lesson Info

1. Class Introduction


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.



This is a great class on the use of gels although I don't like the abrupt editing between segments as it always leaves the impression something valuable has been missed. The photographer has a simple approach to gels that produces outstanding images (although he could use imprecise language like 'this' etc a little less). As a teacher, I have viewed many of the CC Live classes and almost all are well produced with great information. (It is admirable and worthy of support that many of these are presented for free.) This class is one of the best and is a great investment if you want to give your photography extra impact. By way of coincidence, I was watching the movie Marshall the other day (the story of the great Supreme Court jurist Thurgood Marshall) and was struck by the use of color in almost every scene. A great inspiration for using it in still photographs. Get this class, it is outstanding.


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!

Xavier Finch

This class is still super impactful 1 1/2 years later!! I really hope to see more of Alexis at CreativeLive. He has so much insight and is an excellent teacher. His explanations are clear and concise with ample context.