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Outdoor Lighting for Senior Portraits
James Schmelzer
with James Schmelzer
Professional photographer James Schmelzer demonstrates techniques for controlling and shaping natural light in a variety of outdoor settings as well as pose ideas and tips for gett... READ MORE
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Outdoor Lighting for Senior Portraits
lessons: 13 Course Lessons
duration: 46min
published: 2010
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Outdoor Lighting for Senior Portraits
with James Schmelzer
Professional photographer James Schmelzer demonstrates techniques for controlling and shaping natural light in a variety of outdoor settings as well as pose ideas and tips for getting the best senior portraits. <br> <br> This class is perfect for the intermediate looking for lighting techniques and ideas for locations and poses for portraits. BUY COURSE
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lesson 1: Direct Sunlight into Shade Using a Reflector (free course preview)

Using a reflector to bounce the sunlight back into a shaded area to better control the exposure

6min, 45sec
lesson 2: Blocking Light with Natural Gobos

Sometimes it is easier to use a large structure at your location to block light instead of trying to set up something yourself

2min, 20sec
lesson 3: Subtractive Light Control

Using a black gobo to create more contrast and shading on your subject

1min, 14sec
lesson 4: Softening Raw Light Using a Diffuser

Using the bright sun as the main light and softening it with a diffuser

2min, 0sec
lesson 5: Lighting and Posing on Railroad Tracks

On location at the railroad tracks for a cool, urban look

6min, 12sec
lesson 6: Choosing the Correct Side of a Building

Learn to use the north side of the buildings as backdrop

2min, 4sec
lesson 7: Evening Portraits

Taking evening photos using a simple flashlight and umbrella as a light source

2min, 18sec
lesson 8: Matching the Background and the Outfit

In this segment, James experiments with different outfits in an environmental setting

3min, 15sec
lesson 9: Natural Light with Reflector Fill

Shooting low to capture the neon signs and lights in the background

2min, 20sec
lesson 10: Lighting for Urban Scenes

Using a full length reflector and composing the urban background

2min, 59sec
lesson 11: Portraits at the Park

Going through a variety of setups during a sunny day shoot at the park

8min, 4sec
lesson 12: Creating an Outdoor Studio

Making an outdoor portrait fast and easy

2min, 15sec
lesson 13: Beach Portraits

Going out later in the day for softer light. Learn some poses, setups and lighting tips

4min, 13sec
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Award-Winning Photographer & Technical Rep for Westcott Lighting
James is an award-winning photographer, lecturer, and a technical representative for F.J. Westcott Company. James has been actively involved in designing new light modifier products as well as creating instructional videos demonstrating control of light. He's also the creator of the Quality of Light video series as well as a member of the Professional Photographers of America, where he holds the Master Craftsman Photographer Degree.
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