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Lighting with Gels

with Clay Patrick McBride

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About The Class

Add color into your portrait photography

Color has a way of making the ordinary extraordinary. In this course, Clay Patrick McBride will explore the power of gels. He’ll show how to light and create dynamic images by balancing and accentuating color.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    05:21
  2. 02

    Color Theory

    10:11
  3. 03

    Shoot: Introducing Gels

    17:37
  4. 04

    Shoot: Adding Warmth with Gels

    08:30
  5. 05

    Shoot: Dual Colored Shadow

    06:43
  6. 06

    Shoot: Gelling Background Color

    18:04
  7. 07

    Combining Light Sources Overview

    06:48
  8. 08

    Shoot: Light Shaping Tools

    22:36
  9. 09

    Shoot: Red Gel on Red Background

    12:04
  10. 10

    Shoot: Grid Spot, Defining Color

    07:54
  11. 11

    Gradient Color Overview

    04:36
  12. 12

    Shoot: Creating Gradient Color

    29:47
  13. 13

    Shoot: Split Gels, Warm and Cool Color

    25:54
  14. 14

    Long Exposure Overview

    03:37
  15. 15

    Test Shoot: Long Exposure with Gels

    28:42
  16. 16

    Shoot: Long Exposure with Gels

    12:47
  17. 17

    Critique

    28:39

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Clay Patrick McBride

McBride’s portraits of top athletes and musicians such as LeBron James, Allen Iverson, Metallica, Norah Jones, Jay Z, and Kanye West have appeared in countless magazines, among them Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated and NY Magazine. His commercial work includes dozens of album covers for Sony, Blue Note and Atlantic Records, as well as print campaigns for Pontiac, Boost Mobile and Nike.  ... read more

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  • Vitamin Dee

    Vitamin Dee

    October 2017

    Great class if you're wanting to learn how to work with gels! This class will take you through the process step by step as you build your shooting playbook. I enjoyed Clay's honest and simple approach. Clay and his assistant, Chris, make a great team as they show how gels work and show you what not to do. They make learning fun!

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    user-45f26e

    August 2017

    Enjoying every minute of this class.

  • Doug Richardson

    Doug Richardson

    April 2018

    I found Clay's classes and teaching style worked very well for me. For example, Clay's method of first testing one light in a multiple light set-up and the adding the other lights one-by-one was great. I recommend this class for anyone working to add different lighting styles to their work.

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