How to Illuminate Your Photography by Learning to Recognize, Manage and Manipulate Light in all Photo Environments
“Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.” George Eastman, founder of Kodak.
This is a course for Light Stalkers everywhere! Light makes up our visual world, and the framing and managing of that light is our mission as photographers. Our photographic lighting influences not only brightness and darkness, but also tone, mood, and the atmosphere. You can also use light to give the texture and vibrancy of your image and make your subjects more luminous. This course is designed to help you See, Capture, and Enhance the Light in your Scene. You will learn why, when, and where the optimal lighting can be obtained and you will have the techniques to do so.
If you already have some experience in photography and want to improve or are if you are just starting out, this course will ground you in your exposure controls. You will also know how to use and interpret your light meter and histograms. But the fun really starts when we explore the qualities of light and experiment with Light Trails, Bouncing Light with the help of Reflectors, and Using light as your canvas with Light Painting. This course is highly visual and is meant to stimulate and inspire you with ideas about how to use light in your own work. Also included in the course are interactive quizzes, assignments, and challenges to help keep you motivated along the way.
- Understanding Luminescence
- Identifying Light Source and Direction
- In-Camera vs. External Light meters
- Through the Lens (TTL) Modes
- Light Painting
- Achieving perfect exposure when there is no Light meter available
- How to Read Histograms
- The Exposure Triangle
- Determining Exposure without a Light Meter
- Hard vs Soft Light
- Bouncing Light with Reflectors
- Color Temperature
- How to take advantage of the Golden Hour
- How and When to use Flash
- Using Slow Sync Flash with longer shutter speeds
- How to use 3-Point Lighting