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Transform Your Home into a Professional Photography Studio
with Rick Sammon
Learn how to set up a photo studio in your own home! Join Rick Sammon as he shows you how you can take a room in your home, add some basic accessories, and start taking photos that look like they were taken in a professional studio. Rick goes through all of the gear you'll need to get started, and then demonstrates a series of portrait lighting techniques, from speed lights to constant lights to flashlights, that you can start using right away to get amazing results. You're sure to learn a lot and have fun along the way as Rick shares tips and techniques that are easy to replicate with inexpensive equipment and a few props.
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lesson 1: Introduction (free course preview)
Join Rick as he introduces the class and discusses what will be covered in the chapters that follow.
lesson 2: The Gear
lesson 3: Shooting in the Studio
Rick goes over his studio shooting setup before taking the photos of his subject.
lesson 4: Using Props
As Rick says, "props rock" because they are a great way to take your photos to the next level. Rick demonstrates a cool portrait technique using rim light, and then demonstrates how to add a second light to separate the subject from the background.
lesson 5: Overhead Lighting
Rick demonstrates how to use your softbox "like a spaceship" by having an assistant hold it out over the subject for a series of portraits.
lesson 6: Using Two Speed Lights
Sometimes taking the speed lights out of the softbox can make for some cool looks when combined with some simple accessories.
lesson 7: Using Constant Lights
Setting a constant light source up high and bringing a reflector in down low can be used to create a simple, yet flattering, head shot.
lesson 8: Using Multiple Lights
Combining multiple lights and a few props can make for a really interesting portrait.
lesson 9: Painting With Light
A fun way to light a subject is with a simple flashlight and a long shutter speed.
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meet  Rick Sammon
Canon Explorer of Light and award-winning photographer Rick Sammon is one of the most active photographers on the planet. With over 40 years of experience he divides his time between creating images, giving seminars, developing online classes, leading workshops, and making personal appearances. Rick’s enthusiasm for digital imaging is contagious and it’s his mission to make digital photography fun, creative, exciting, and rewarding for others.
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