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Add Color to You Images Without Gels



Today I want to share with you the process of how I created this fitness image of Bella that I shot during a live demo at the Adorama booth during Imaging USA. Using generative fill Ai, I was able to get rid of distractions on the background and using Capture One, I added color to the image.


Eliminating Distractions



Looking at the raw file, I noticed several distractions that needed to be removed. These distractions included elements such as strip lights, background stands, and flyaway hairs. To address these issues, I turned to Photoshop's generative fill AI feature. By utilizing this tool, I was able to remove the distractions effectively, leaving us with a clean and focused subject.


Image after using generative fill to remove distractions.


Retouching

After cleaning up the background, I brought the image into Evoto Ai for the main retouching. This gave me a much more polished overall edit, and also got rid of most of the flyaway hairs. Although the tool was helpful, I did make some manual adjustments in Photoshop to ensure a flawless result.


Retouched image from Evoto (no color correction)


Adding Color with Capture One

Now that the image was ready, I proceeded to enhance it further by adding color. Using Capture One, I employed a straightforward masking technique to modify the color balance of the highlights. This adjustment allowed me to introduce a subtle teal hue, enhancing the overall aesthetics of the image. The best part is that you can easily experiment with different colors without the need to reshoot the photo.



Fine-Tuning with Masks

To achieve the desired final look, I added a second mask in Capture One. Rather than masking the background, I did the inverse and selected just my subject. I didn't however want her entire body to be effected by the mask, so I erased most of the mask, aside from the edges of her legs. This enhanced the rim lights on her legs that were falling a little too far into darkness.



Behind the Scenes

To provide you with a better understanding of the setup, let's take a look at the behind-the-scenes shot. For this particular image, I used three Profoto B10X Plus lights. The main light was a two-foot octa positioned overhead to create a hard light which is great for a fitness look. I also used two 1x3 strips, angled towards the camera to add depth and dimension to the image.



Final Image


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