Take Control of Your Light
In a photographer's perfect world, the lighting is always just right, but in reality, it's often too bright or even nonexistent. Learn photography lighting basics by joining "Light Right" author and photography instructor Brad Bartholomew, and you'll discover how to tackle those tricky lighting scenarios. Begin with the fundamentals of light, from analyzing your subject to using key lights, fill lights and backlights. Then, you'll find out how to create dimension, separation, texture and drama in your images using different types of light. Want to put subjects in the best possible light? Brad will give you tips for photographing people and capturing their unique stories. Don't worry if you're caught in low lighting! You'll discover tricks for using available light, adding your own and achieving balance when there are too many lights or color temperatures in your shot. Plus, Brad will guide you through setting up a lighting scheme from scratch.
Brad Bartholomew is an award-winning commercial photographer and educator. He owns his own studio, where he shoots for clients such as Apple and Coors Brewing Company. He passes on his knowledge from more than 28 years of experience by teaching photography classes at The Colorado Institute of Art. Brad also co-authored the studio lighting book "Light Right."
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet your instructor, Brad Bartholomew, and start taking control of your light. In this lesson, you'll learn how to analyze your subject and think about what you want your image to say. Then, Brad will explain how to use key, fill and backlights to build the look you're after.
Learn how to take full advantage of what light can do for you. Brad will show you how to use different types of light -- point source, diffused and bounced -- to create dimension, separation, texture and drama in your images.
Lighting people is a whole new ballgame! Now, it's time to use the fundamentals you've learned to create flattering lighting for any subject. Step by step, Brad will walk you through the setups for different lighting styles -- split, broad, Rembrandt and more -- to put the people you photograph in the perfect light.
Step out of the studio and into the real world! In this lesson, you'll learn how to set yourself up for success, even when your available light is limited. Brad will explain how to make the most of any light, even candles on a cake, and he'll show you how to add your own.
Take your lighting know-how to the next level by learning how to manage mixed light. First, Brad will explain what you need to know about color temperature and white balance. You'll learn how to work with multiple sources, such as windows and lamps. Plus, you'll get tips for color correction.
You're ready to take ultimate control of your light! In the final lesson, Brad will show you how to assess poor lighting situations, and you'll learn when and how to start from scratch. Then, he'll walk you through the process of designing your own lighting from the ground up.