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Simple Lighting Techniques for Photographers
Tony Corbell
with Tony Corbell
Capturing great portraits is all about understanding how to manipulate the quality, quantity, and direction of light. Join professional photographer Tony Corbell on set as he shows... READ MORE
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lessons: 10 Course Lessons
duration: 1hr, 6min
published: 2012
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Simple Lighting Techniques for Photographers
with Tony Corbell
Capturing great portraits is all about understanding how to manipulate the quality, quantity, and direction of light. Join professional photographer Tony Corbell on set as he shows us a variety of different light sources and the best scenarios to use them. Learn how the pros use a variety of light shaping tools to create fantastic portraits every time, and in any kind of situation. <br> <br> This class is perfect for an intermediate photographer who wants to learn to choose the right light for the right situation. BUY COURSE
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lesson 1: Introduction (free course preview)

Join Tony Corbell as he introduces the class and then kicks things off with a portrait shoot using an umbrella as a light source.

6min, 10sec
lesson 2: Octabank

Learn how to use the 60" Octabank as a wonderful light source for soft, smooth portraits.

5min, 5sec
lesson 3: The Softbox

The softbox is the go-to tool for lighting individual portraits. Tony shows you a number of ways to use this versatile light source.

5min, 20sec
lesson 4: Using Multiple Lights

After learning different ways to use individual lights on their own, Tony teaches you how you can bring together a main light, fill light, and accent lights to create a beautiful portrait.

5min, 7sec
lesson 5: Nailing Exposure

Understanding how to use an incident light meter will allow you to get your exposure right every single time.

6min, 0sec
lesson 6: Taming the Sun

Direct sunlight can be too harsh for portraits, but using a diffusion panel to filter the light falling on to your subject will allow you to shoot outdoors on the brightest of days.

10min, 4sec
lesson 7: Using Speedlight Outdoors

A speedlight can be used to add light to a scene and enable you to light your subject to match the ambient light of the sky.

8min, 7sec
lesson 8: Reflector as a Primary Light Source

Learn how to properly use a reflector as a primary light source to increase the light falling on your subject's face and close the gap on the bright highlights for stunning portraits in natural light.

6min, 43sec
lesson 9: Made in the Shade

Sometimes we need to take light away to open up the shadows on the face and discover beautiful light for portrait work.

10min, 35sec
lesson 10: Wrapping it Up

Tony shares some parting words and ties together all the lessons learned in this course.

2min, 50sec
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Tony Corbell
meet  Tony Corbell
Famous Portrait Lighting Expert & Educator
Tony’s career has included photographing three U.S. presidents, 185 world leaders, over 600 brides and grooms, NASA astronauts, and lots of famous, and not so famous, faces. He is the recipient of the highest honor from the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International with their Lifetime Achievement Award. He has written articles in every major photographic magazine in the U.S., Japan, the U.K. and China.
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