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
  • Soft Look 1

    Episode 1

    Follow photographer, Jake Hicks, as he goes on location into a larger, more open environment. With a variety of tools and experience, learn to apply the colored gel lighting techniques in a new scenario. Move away from in studio shooting to a location environment, learning to use the environment ...

  • Soft Look 2

    Episode 2

    Learn to adapt to the environment of a location shoot and follow your creative muse. After capturing multiple, wide shot exposures for beautiful on location gelled imagery, watch as photographer, Jake Hicks, improvises in the moment. Using pose, perspective, and gelled lighting, see Jake create a...

  • Soft Look 3

    Episode 3

    Capture the third shot in the on location series. Manipulate Kelvin settings to turn day into night. Create a lighting setup that enhances existing lights within the scene and clear color separation for environmental character and mood. Utilize a full CTO gel, low ISO, and shallow depth of field ...

  • Image 1 Lightroom Culling

    Episode 4

    Transition from the on location shoots to the retouching phase of on-location gelled photography. Follow photographer, Jake Hicks, as he culls through a series of captures to select the first on location image. For this style of photography focus on developing color for the environment. With a di...

  • Image 1 Lightroom Colors

    Episode 5

    With the hero image selected, use the power of Lightroom's development module to manipulate, balance, and optimize color to prepare the image for retouching in Photoshop. Using a variety of the development modules tools, balance color using the curves, luminance, and highlight controls, evaluatin...

  • Image 1 Full Edit

    Episode 6

    Follow photographer, Jake Hicks, through an uninterrupted edit for the first on location colored gel image. Work at a more accelerated pace, applying principles from the studio retouching modules of this tutorial. For the model, smooth skin, liquefy, apply black and white toning, dodging and burn...

  • Image 2 Lightroom Culling

    Episode 7

    For the second location shoot, listen as photographer, Jake Hicks, culls through his series of improvised portraits. Using the unique texture of the door for environment, see the results of subject and color as Jake, describes his intent through the series of captures.

  • Image 2 Lightroom Colors

    Episode 8

    After selecting a second hero image from the on-location colored gel shoot, see the power of processing RAW in Lightroom. Watch as photographer, Jake Hicks, brings the portrait to life. For this image, focus on accentuating the eyes and eye makeup. Manipulate highlights and shadows Use curves to ...

  • Image 2 Full Edit

    Episode 9

    With color balance established in Lightroom, open the cameo portrait in Photoshop, to retouch the second on-location colored gel image. Work simply and quickly following the same procedural methods, to create fabulous skin tone and texture, with compelling environmental lighting.

  • Image 3 Lightroom Culling

    Episode 10

    For the third and final image of this location series, develop an entirely different mood and tone for colored gel on-location shoot. In contrast to the warm pastels of the previous two images, cull through a series of darker, richer tones for an evening, nightclub look. See the results of shifti...

  • Image 3 Lightroom Colors

    Episode 11

    With a hero shot selected, work on color, exposure, and contrast to prepare the image for retouching in Photoshop. With the white balance manipulations applied in camera and to the lighting setup during production, evaluate and adjust the results in the development module of Lightroom. Adjust hig...

  • Image 3 Full Edit

    Episode 12

    Complete a full retouch of the third and final image from this location series. Before moving on to another location and different model, finish the retouching for this stairwell, nightclub look. Utilize the power of content aware, the magic wand tool, and the familiar procedural method of skin a...

  • Dark Look Setup

    Episode 13

    Transition to a new location with a new model, following photographer, Jake Hicks to create another series of unique, dark, and moody colored gel images. With the focus shifting from core principles to direct application, watch and observe as Jake iterates through his captures, working out the lo...

  • Dark Look 1

    Episode 14

    As Lighting, camera settings, and the environment are established, begin capturing the model, focusing on controlling a pool of light and the subsequent shadows, establishing a wide frame. Work through posing and perspective. Add a fan element for subtle lift on the model's hair. Iterate through ...

  • Dark Look 2

    Episode 15

    Create a powerful and seductive cameo image with the second setup in the dark look series. Use the blue gels as ambient lighting with a deep red contrast exploding onto the background. Develop pose with emphasis on the chin angled upwards. Alternate the subject between sitting and standing to per...

  • Dark Look 3

    Episode 16

    For the final image of the dark look series, transition to new set pieces, lighting, and wardrobe to create an entirely new look for the series. Change gels to pink and teal hues and establish a strong key light from a beauty dish modified with a grid. Focus on creating really clean separation wi...

  • Image 1 Lightroom Culling

    Episode 17

    Transition from production to post-production, to begin the process of selecting and retouching three hero images from the dark series captures. Listen as photographer, Jake Hicks, reflects on the challenges of shooting in an environment with no natural light. See the intention of his lighting se...

  • Image 1 Lightroom Colors

    Episode 18

    After selecting the hero image, leverage the power of Lightroom's develop module for precise RAW color processing. Working through shadows, highlights, and discreet color channels, continue to develop your ability to really see color and its relationship to every detail within the image. Advance ...

  • Image 1 Full Edit

    Episode 19

    Move rapidly through a full image retouching process, using every skill established in the series. Work on skin retouching, black and white toning, skin smoothing, blending and controlling color banding with the power of Photoshop and the skill of your gained knowledge and experience. With practi...

  • Image 2 Lightroom Culling

    Episode 20

    Advancing to the second image in the dark series, listen as photographer, Jake Hicks, examines the results of this setup. Hear the intent of his lighting decisions and their impact on the final captures as he considers his placement of the lighting, model, and camera perspective. Cull through the...

  • Image 2 Lightroom Colours

    Episode 21

    After selecting a hero image, use Lightroom's RAW image processing to sort through color, white balance, and exposure to ensure you have the most information possible to bring into Photoshop. Copy and paste settings from the previous hero and contrast the results with different key lighting betwe...

  • Image 2 Full Edit

    Episode 22

    Transition from Lightroom into Photoshop for a full retouching session. Examine the challenges of the lighting setup for this shot and the constraints of the environment. Learn to examine what isn't working in this lighting setup and how to correctively retouch the distractions. Use this scenario...

  • Image 3 Lightroom Culling

    Episode 23

    Photographer, Jake Hicks, explores the captures of the final shot from the dark series. Using the library features of Lightroom, cull through Jake's exposures to find the hero image. Examine the results of shooting a bar scene, in a location with no natural light. Listen to Jake's assessment of h...

  • Image 3 Lightroom Colors

    Episode 24

    With the final image selected, apply your gained knowledge and experience with ease, leveraging the power of Lightroom's develop module. See color from its initial intention, carried through to the RAW image capture result. Evaluate RAW imagery with confidence, adjusting, pushing, pulling to crea...