with Mary Bel
Use color to evoke emotion in your portraits with creative lighting techniques! Join Mary Bel as she demonstrates a variety of budget friendly ways to introduce color into your por... READ MORE
lessons: 12 Course Lessons
duration: 1hr, 8min
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Transform Your Portraits Using Creative Lighting
with Mary Bel
Use color to evoke emotion in your portraits with creative lighting techniques! Join Mary Bel as she demonstrates a variety of budget friendly ways to introduce color into your portrait lighting. Starting with gels, Mary walks through several live shoots to demonstrate how you can use color to tell a story. From there, Mary shows how she carves light using tools like flashlights, plastic rulers, and other dollar store finds. Mary wraps up the class with a demonstration of how to incorporate several of these techniques into a single shoot for truly dynamic results. BUY COURSE
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lesson 1: Introduction (free course preview)
The instructor introduces the class and discusses what will be covered in the lessons that follow.
lesson 2: Let’s Talk About Gels
Gels are used to add color to your lights.
lesson 3: Shooting with Gels: Hot in the City
With a live model on location, Mary demonstrates her process for shooting with colored gels.
lesson 4: Shooting with Gels: Kiss of Teal
Building on the previous lesson, Mary changes things up with a new outfit and a new gel color.
lesson 5: Shooting with Gels: Silhouette
Putting a gelled soft box behind the subject is a way to create a colorful silhouette.
lesson 6: What Makes Light Interesting?
Mary discusses what makes light interesting and how to create that in your work.
lesson 7: Carving Light
You can use a flashlight to carve light exactly where you want it to appear.
lesson 8: Blocking Light
In this lesson Mary plays with light blocking and bouncing techniques to make things interesting.
lesson 9: Letting Light Through: Part 1
Another way to play with light is to let some light through material in front of the light source.
lesson 10: Letting Light Through: Part 2
Using cheap plastic rulers is a fun way to let colored light through to your subject.
lesson 11: Putting These Techniques Together
Mary has demonstrated a variety of lighting techniques so far, and discusses how you can combine these techniques together in one shot.
lesson 12: Conclusion
Mary wraps up the class with some closing thoughts to help you move forward.
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meet  Mary Bel
Mary Bel is a Guru award-winning artist and KelbyOne student. She is a fine art photographer based in Orlando, Fl. Mary Bel specializes in self-portraiture and styled artistic portraits. She creates images of what she wishes to see happening and manipulates them into her own world through her work as a photographer and storyteller. She was recently awarded the Sony Alpha Female+ grant and holds a Bachelors and Masters in Arts from Fordham University.
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