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How To Create Beautiful Portraits By Simplifying Light

 

How To Create Beautiful Portraits By Simplifying Light

 

Class Description

AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:

  • Recognize and shape good quality ambient light for dramatic highlights and shadows.
  • Use your existing surroundings as light shaping tools to enhance available light.
  • Utilize minimal camera equipment (one strobe) to create dramatic looks that mimic multiple equipment set ups.
  • Post process with tips to enhance the dramatic light captured in camera.

ABOUT AUDREY'S CLASS:

During this course Audrey Woulard will do a deep dive into how she uses light in the most simplistic way possible to create dramatic looking images. We will heavily dive into capturing ambient light, and utilize just one strobe and one modifier. No other photography equipment will be used. In this class you will learn to recognize many different types of light that photographers may overlook. You will be shown how to recognize light at different times of day and what it can do. We will go over how to utilize our natural surroundings to bend and shape light to create different looks that are often created with multiple light set ups. In addition to finding the light, we will go over different interpersonal skills that will help guide your subjects to setting up the shoots for the desired outcome.

We will explore different locations and will showcase how light changes depending on the different surfaces it is shining on and how to use that to your advantage when photographing people. How light reflects color and how to use that to your advantage for a dramatic look in the most simplistic way. How to use just one strobe light to aid in your light exploration to work with ambient light to achieve different looks. In order to have control over shaping light, you need to be able to control the photo session. Where applicable, we will go over different ways to help steer the photo session timing in your favor to have maximum photographic control.

Once the images are created, we will utilize Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Camera RAW to showcase tips and tricks to accentuate the light that was captured in camera. When we are using Photoshop it will be by hand, and there will be no actions used.

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:

  • Intermediate Photographers who are wanting to learn how to use light creatively with a minimalistic approach.
  • Beginner photographers who are interested in how to combine ambient and created light.
  • Beginner/Intermediate photographers who desire to level up their creativity

SOFTWARE USED:

Adobe Photoshop 2020
Adobe Camera RAW

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR:

Audrey Woulard is a portrait photographer, and she is a Nikon Ambassador. She has been a full-time professional photographer for the last 17 years photographing teens and their families. In addition to her portrait work, she also photographs select commercial assignments for brands such as Iams Pet Food and Pottery Barn. Audrey has been a regular instructor for Imaging, and WPPI for over a decade. Her work has been featured on the cover twice for Professional Photography Magazine. She has been featured in Rangefinder Magazine, InStyle Magazine, People Magazine, and US Weekly magazine. Audrey was awarded the Professional Photographers of America Vanguard Award for her sharing of talents and service that has enriched the profession of photography. She is the creator of AW Teaches which is a website dedicated to providing education to photographers. Audrey resides in Chicago with her amazing husband, and they are the parents of four young men that they are immensely proud of.

Lessons

  1. Class Introduction

    Audrey will go over everything that she will discuss during this course.

  2. Understanding How Light Works

    Audrey will break down how she assesses lighting when she is creating her images. She will show you some of the things that she looks for when attempting to determine good light from not to good light.

  3. Philosophy Behind The Equipment

    Audrey will go over the equipment that she uses and will go over some of the reasons why she chooses certain pieces of equipment based on her personality.

  4. Navigating Full Sun

    During this segment Audrey will go over how she approaches photographing in Full sun using a strobe, and using only available light.

  5. Navigating Full Sun and the Forest

    Audrey will use the same full sun techniques while capturing her images. Instead of being in an urban area, she will be in a forest location.

  6. Light and the Urban Location

    Audrey will give her techniques for photographing in a busy city. She will go over how she is able to make her subjects stand out within elements of chaos.

  7. Simplifying Light and Location

    Audrey will bring viewers into the city, and show you exactly how she makes light and her location work well in the images she creates. She will show you how a very small, and busy area can have a big impact and why.

  8. Simple Editing Techniques

    Audrey will edit some of the images in Photoshop that were captured during the course. She will give a few simple techniques that she utilizes when she post-processing her images.

  9. Finding Your Style

    Audrey will talk about finding your photographic style. She will walk you through an exercise she has done when she was attempting to assess her style of photography.

  10. Closing Words

    Audrey will give a few closing words about what was covered during this course.

Reviews

Michael A. Gruich Jr.
 

My goodness! This class is like a breathe of fresh air in the morning. Vey easy to follow along for some very amazing results. Really enjoy the friendly presentation, filled with tips and clear explinations for working with light using a minimal setup. Thank you Audrey

a Creativelive Student
 

Audrey brings together and simplifies divergent ideas in photography. Finding beautiful available light (based on direction and quality) on location is her first priority. She then perfects the light using a single strobe on her subject. Her style emphasizes shallow depth of field using fast primes and high-speed sync, and her post-production is minimal. She offers a pragmatic workflow and a creative philosophy that values getting out in the field and making photos. The reliability, ease of use, and affordability of the newest off-camera flash solutions make this kind of dramatic portraiture accessible to more artists.