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Creating Impact with Color Gels

with Alexis Cuarezma

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    01:22
  •   02 Why Use Manual Mode?

    07:52

Class duration: 1h 16m

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About The Class

Create and photograph our color scheme in camera

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.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    01:22
  2. 02

    Why Use Manual Mode?

    07:52
  3. 03

    Shoot: Manual Model with Gels

    05:36
  4. 04

    Importance of Details Shooting with Color Gels

    03:02
  5. 05

    Different Between CTO & CTB Gels

    03:45
  6. 06

    Shoot: CTO & CTB Gels

    07:06
  7. 07

    How to Use Gels to Create Impact

    05:21
  8. 08

    Shoot: Creatively Use Gels

    19:56
  9. 09

    Shoot: Use Water to Add Effects

    09:53
  10. 10

    Shoot: Combine White Light and Color Gels

    06:54
  11. 11

    Shoot: Color Gels with Speedlights

    05:30

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Alexis Cuarezma

Alexis Cuarezma is a San Francisco-based photographer who specializes in both on-location and in-studio portraiture. A passion for bold visuals has colored his whole life, and his childhood interest was nurtured at CSUEB, where he studied art, graphic design and photography.

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  • Barrie

    Barrie

    January 2019

    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.

  • JennMercille

    JennMercille

    April 2018

    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

    Xavier Finch

    January 2019

    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.

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