Colored Gel Photography With Jake Hicks

Colored Gel Photography With Jake Hicks

7 Seasons

Color has never been more important to the story of an image. Famed UK photographer, Jake Hicks walks you through his signature style using color gels to create vibrant and life-filled images that grab a hold of every viewer. Jake takes you from understanding the basics of bringing color to your subjects to creating complex color schematics with a dynamic impact.

Colored Gel Photography With Jake Hicks
  • Introducing the Look

    Episode 1

    Transition to the third style of image in the color gel series - the gelled edge. Listen as photographer, Jake Hicks, breaks down the keys to creating this style. Focus on complementary colors, showing shape and form with contrast using color. Progress in your understanding of color theory, with ...

  • Edge Light

    Episode 2

    In this setup for the gelled edge, begin with placement of edge lighting before the key light. Listen as photographer Jake Hicks, describes his philosophy behind using a black backdrop, wet skin tone on the model, lighting position and the role reversal of the edge and key lights. Learn how to co...

  • Adding Key Lights

    Episode 3

    After establishing clean, gelled edge lighting, setup the third and final light for this setup - the key light. With a complimentary gel, setup the key light, leveraging the advantage of a right angle knuckle bracket for unobscured shooting. Iterate through a series of shots, to examine the reaso...

  • Posing

    Episode 4

    After working through the lighting setup for creating the gelled edge, focus on posing for this style. With a wardrobe change, learn how posing the model's body, makeup, and wardrobes pieces can accentuate the power of gelled edge lighting.

  • Lightroom Culling

    Episode 5

    With some favorites selected, hear photographer Jake Hicks, approach in selecting the best images from a series in the gelled edge style. With a three quarter length shot, examine what Jake is looking for in the model's pose in relationship to the lights. Look for dimensional, contoured images, w...

  • Lightroom Colors

    Episode 6

    Transition from the library to development module in Lightroom to hone the color processing. With artificial colors defining skin tone in the gelled style, learn to manipulate color with freedom. Watch photographer, Jake Hicks, manipulate white balance, exposure, curves, hue saturation and lumina...

  • Skin Retouch

    Episode 7

    Begin the retouching process for the gelled edge hero. For this image, begin with compositing two exposures to eliminate a camera stand. After creating a clean composite, move forward with a solid base image to eliminate targeted skin and clothing distractions. With a wider shot composition, focu...

  • Black and White Toning

    Episode 8

    Work in black and white to create even skin toning across all of the model's body. Leverage Photoshop's curves layers, multiply and soft light blending modes, to paint beautiful, soft transitions. Perhaps the most challenging step in the retouching process, follow photographer, Jake Hicks, and le...

  • Skin Smoothing

    Episode 9

    Focus on balancing skin texture in this step of the retouching process. Using Photoshop's gaussian blur, linear light blend mode, high pass filtering, paint brush and masking, learn to create smooth and soft skin, while retaining natural pore and hair details. Adjust opacity to create subtlety, m...

  • Dodge and Burn

    Episode 10

    With skin retouching complete, focus on adding dimension and interest to the gelled edge hero shot. Work on evaluating highlights and shadows, learning what areas to accentuate and what areas to minimize. Use Photoshop's curves layers, paint brush, masking and opacity adjustments to blend believa...

  • Sharpening

    Episode 11

    In the final touches, begin with sharpening the gelled edge hero shot. Separate tone sharpening from detailed sharpening. Learn how to sharpen the details without affecting the saturation of color in the image. with different layers of sharpening, leverage the power of Photoshop's layer-based edi...

  • Color Toning

    Episode 12

    At the final stage of retouching for the gelled edge image - focus on color toning. With a lot emphasis and manipulation put on color during the RAW Lightroom processing, learn to bring everything into balance with this final pass of the image. See how the clean lighting, areas of tone, and secti...