About CourseNatural light is all around us, but it is up to the photographer to control it in order to make a beautiful portrait. Join Erik Valind as he shows you how to tame that natural light, from direct noontime sun to overcast and shadowless days, and capture killer portraits with little more than just your camera and a reflector. No speedlights or strobes are required for this class. Erik teaches you about the factors that you can control, and then walks you various techniques you can use through a series of real world demonstrations, each one building on the last, that will give you the skills to start seeing and using natural light in new ways.
- Lesson 1: Introduction 09:35
- Lesson 2: What Do We Control? 08:32
- Lesson 3: Paying Attention to Direction of Light 04:22
- Lesson 4: Shooting at Noon and Seeking Shade 08:31
- Lesson 5: Learning and Improving 05:57
- Lesson 6: Headshots in the Park 07:29
- Lesson 7: Using Larger Reflectors 07:04
- Lesson 8: Using Reflectors and Diffusion Panels 07:06
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Erik Valind is a Top Pro Photographer who specializes in the creation of compelling commercial work and energetic lifestyle imagery. People are the center of his photography and also serve as his inspiration. Having grown up on the brilliant beaches of the sunshine state, Erik developed an early appreciation for the transformative energy that light possesses. Now Erik uses light to add energy to every image, much as the Florida sunlight has energized him. "I was born on the beaches of Treasure Island. I like that it sounds storybook when I tell people that. Since then I've been blessed with what I call a semi-charmed life, and everything has been inspiration along the way. Now I get to create for a living. I leap at the opportunities to travel the country, to meet interesting people and to make great photographs of my journey. There's a tangible energy in my actions, and that energy is born from those around me. I love to teach and am always eager to learn. I claim to control light, but in reality light lends itself to us, and we just look good in it. Lets enjoy it together."