See how photographer Shai Franco used fylm.ai for ESTEE LAUDER Israel campaign
Shai Franco Studio
For the launch of the 2022 Holidays campaign, ESTEE LAUDER Israel enlisted three local icons: Anna Aronov, Titi Aynaw and Danit Greenberg. The idea behind the campaign was to communicate the brand’s values while adhering to the same meticulous visual principles and standards of the worldwide campaign.
Shai Franco, a Tel Aviv based, leading Israeli fashion and commercial photographer was tasked with the job of shooting and grading the campaign.
From the very beginning it was clear that Shai had to adhere to the high visual standards of the global ESTEE LAUDER campaign.
The lighting was fairly simple, but very calculated. Since Shai had group shots as well, he had to use larger light sources, something he might not have used if there were no group shots.
Main light source was Arri SkyPanel 120 at slightly varying distance, directly above camera pointing at the talent at about 45 degrees.
Above the talent, and slightly to the back, Shai used a series of Arri SkyPanel 60 and 30 light sources shooting through a full grid cloth frame.
To control the contrast of the scene, Shai used two options for the fill light. He altered between using smaller Arri SkyPanel light sources and using a combo of bleached muslin and reflectors.
These were positioned from the front, slightly below the talent, effectively wrapping the talents around with reflective light. Whenever even lower contrast was needed, Shai would dial-in the front-facing Arri SkyPanels.
Developing the Raw file
Usually Shai develops his still Raw files in Capture One. But since release 1.1, Shai told us he has been experimenting with debayering the Raw files in fylm.ai and that he liked the results.
Back in January we published a tutorial How to colour grade Sony Alpha A7R III Raw file from scratch in fylm.ai. Shai told us, that he decided to give fylm.ai a try after reading the tutorial and was hooked up since then.
For this work, Shai decided to use Capture One for tethering and a real-time preview of approximate colour grade (for which he used LUTs from the Lutify.me Professional package) but to establish the final look in fylm.ai from scratch staying in the fylm.ai eco system.
By default, fylm.ai will develop your Raw file into ProPhoto RGB colour space which is a wide colour space suitable for colour grading. It will also automatically colour manage your file so that it fits into the ACEScct workflow which fylm.ai uses internally.
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Establishing the look
After debayering the file, Shai started working on establishing the look.
We were curious to know if Shai had used any of the fylm.ai AI tools for the creation of the look. Here’s what he had told us.
Manually graded image
(Image is retouched)
Original, graded with AI Colour Extract from reference
(No retouching applied)
How does AI Colour Extract work?
AI Colour extract tool requires two images. Original image that needs to be graded and a reference image from which to extract the colour grading.
First, a reference image is saved as a Match so that it can be fed to the AI Colour Extract tool. Then, the reference image is selected from within the AI Colour Extract tool.
Let’s see a practical example from a different shoot. Here is the original image as it was shot which we would like to grade. The following image was shot by Victoria Strelka and is taken from Pexels.com.
© Victoria Strelka, Pexels.com
In this case we are using Shai’s colour graded work as our reference image from which the AI Colour Extract tool will extract the colour grade.
And here is the result of the AI Colour Extract tool grading our image according to the grade of the reference image.
© Victoria Strelka, Pexels.com
For comparison, here are both images side by side.
Original image graded with AI Colour Extract
Take a look how easy it is to extract a colour grade using the AI Colour Extract tool.
Colour grading is probably one the more important aspects of a photo shoot simply due to the fact it can alter the appearance of the final image drastically. Because of that, it is extremely important that anyone that should be involved in the creation of the look is involved.
Sharing results through email is cumbersome and unoptimized. Luckily, fylm.ai has a built in collaboration option which keeps the entire conversation in context, allows anyone with appropriate permissions to offer and make suggestions and it is simply faster since there’s no back and forth outside of the colour grading app.