Scott introduces the structure of the class and the concepts that will be covered.
This lesson is for anyone who is looking to purchase a flash.
Once you have the flash you need a secure way to get it off the camera and a way to soften the light.
A simple compact bag can keep you organized and ready to go at any time.
It helps to have a good starting point for your camera settings before you head out. You can adjust as needed on location.
When choosing your location you need to consider the available light as well as the background. From there you can test your settings and hone in on the right flash power and position.
A change in location will bring a change in settings and flash positioning.
When you work with an assistant it can bring in a lot of flexibility to change things on the fly.
There are a few ways you can use the flash to your advantage when shooting out in the sunlight.
Window light is great for portraits, but you may not always have enough with just the window alone. Adding in a flash gives you even more flexibility.
With a new location and new subject comes new camera settings and new challenges.
Before getting into the retouching Scott takes a quick walk through of some of the shots from the two locations that he will be retouching later.
Photo retouching is as much about the background as it is about the subject itself. Scott starts in Lightroom and then seamlessly moves to Photoshop to finish the job.
Retouching the subject's eyes is one of the most important parts of the job, followed closely by the teeth and the hair.
Scott teaches a real quick fix for brightening eyes and then follows up with tips for dealing with shiny highlights on skin and a few finishing touches.
After a quick fix using the Liquify Filter it is time for sharpening to complete the job and move on to the next photo.
Reinforcing the steps, from processing in Lightroom to retouching in Photoshop, to see how it all comes together.
While the basic workflow is the same there are techniques you would apply to a male subject that you wouldn't do when retouching a female portrait.
Scott wraps up the course with a quick review of the concepts covered.