Beyond DSLR Basics: Composition and Lighting

 

Lesson Info

Demo: V-Flats

- [Instructor] So now I'm going to take a huge, white v-flat, cumbersome things that they are. She's like, "Whoa. Don't let it fall on me." And it's going to do a very similar thing that the white reflector did, but it's just a larger source. And I'm going to, for poops and giggles, turn on the other light, just to see what a lot of light does. Any questions while this warms up? Any questions? Any questions? Oh, it's so pretty. Yes. - [Female] You're referring to the chimera light, but people might not be totally seeing it. Can you tell people what you're referring to? - It's basically one of the house lights in the studio here. It's this little tiny softbox. It's what? Two by three? Softbox that has a continuous of video light in it, so it's a slightly different color temperature than these lights over here, but it wasn't enough to be, to see it, really. I mean, you could if you looked real close, but I like the fact that it was sitting up there as, kind of, a hair light, or a kicker,...

we would call it. So, I just decided to use it as an additional light source. So, that's the first time in this entire class that I have introduced an additional light source, okay. That would be the next step, is to add a hair light or a kicker to your scene. So now, what I've got going on is a massive amount of light and a massive amount of bounce. It creates this glowy, effervescent look, okay. This is what happens when you bounce a lot of light off of a, like off of a building. Remember, I was talking about the white building yesterday, and the sun would go in and bounce it off? Now, granted, this situation is a little different because we have sun, or light, coming from both directions, and not just one direction, okay, because basically, I'm bouncing it off the big v-flat here. So, I'll take the shot, and you can see how glowy it is. This is my kind of light right here. It's a little flat. What do I mean when I say flat? There's no shadow. Very little shadow, as a matter of fact, I'm a little over-exposed because I realized I turned this light on here, and didn't adjust my exposure. But see how the glowy, effervescent it is? That might be a little bit under-exposed. No, let's go back. Here we go. It has that very, like bounced look. It is a little flat. Now, we still see some shadows. There's shadows here on her nose, there's shadows on this side of her neck, but it's extremely soft, okay. I love this kind of light. I shoot babies, babies, and kids. They are innocent, little, pretty creatures and they don't, like, that soft effervescent, low-contrast racial look. looks amazing on them, okay, because it's soft, it's light, it's soft contrast, it's ethereal. It has that feeling to it, which, if you're getting what I'm... if you're jumping ahead of me in getting what I'm getting at, color, light, composition. All these things impact the story and mood of images you're trying to create. So, if I'm trying to create an incredibly dramatic look, I'm going to use a small light source with very little fill. In a dark scene, with dramatic colors, and composition that's on that upper left, you know that very precipitous type of composition that has that kind of meaning, and that will change the way a viewer looks at the photograph, okay. That's what's beautiful about what we do, is we have so many options and tools to influence the story and the mood that the viewer is looking at the art with. It's the same thing as a painter. They just use paint and color. We use light exposure, color, and composition to create the mood. Okay? So, this is pretty, you're so pretty. She's one of my best friends and just such a pretty girl. I love it. Okay. So, I'll take that away, so that you guys aren't... so you can see.

Julia has a great way of explaining even some of the most technical things so that you can understand them. This is a great class to get your feet wet and then use what you learned to start swimming. - Barry Miller, CreativeLive Student


Understanding how your camera functions is a start, but in order to capture the best images, you need to know more than what buttons to push.  Julia Kelleher will walk you through some likely beginner photographer scenarios to show how to work in multiple situations, compose your image and get the most from your subjects. Whether you purchased your camera to take photos of your children, your friends or even products you are hoping to sell, Julia will show you how to feel comfortable in any environment. In this class Julia will show you: 
  • Taking pictures of children: how to work with energetic subjects, what compositions are safest as well as poses and ideas to keep them engaged 
  • Taking pictures of groups: be it your friends, coworkers or clients- learn the best approaches for group photos so you can capture people looking their best 
  • Products: If you’re starting a business or selling your belongings online, a great picture goes a long way in helping a buyer choose your product 
  • Headshots or banner photos: learn techniques to get professional headshots or captivating banner photos for your social media or website 
  • How to work with natural light and control it in your favor, as well as inexpensive options to help improve your lighting quality 
 If you’re new to working with a professional camera, this class will give you the confidence to capture an image in any scenario with your expensive purchase. Make the most out of every situation by learning to compose, pose, direct and light your subjects.  

 
 
 
 

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  • Julia is an amazing teacher!!!! Funny, go with the flow, honest, and obviously so gifted at what she does. That came through and also inspired those feelings in me as a novice photographer. I left her class feeling excited to play with my camera and appreciate that she encouraged me to use what I have now and get good before spending tons of money on fancier stuff. I also love that she showed how everyday materials from Home Depot can make for great images. I particularly appreciated the 2nd day on product photography, social media images and the short demos in PhotoShop. Please do a full class on just this Julia/Creative Live!!!!!
  • So first off I've been doing photography for a little bit now and only shot in manual 20% of the time and was okay with it. Since coming to this class and seeing how manual mode isn't scary, it is everything you need and want in the life of photography, I now will not use anything else. The team at Creative Live is amazing and Julia's love for other starting and even professional photographers is amazing. She would sit and talk to us together and individually and really loves those who love photography. I would recommend this class and any other one of Julia's classes here on CreativeLive. I can't wait to come back. Was AMAZING!!! LIFE CHANGING!!!
  • What an awesome class! I am not a beginner and am currently making a living as a photographer and was interested in this class because #1 Julia is such a great teacher with such talent and #2 I was expecting to take away some valuable information to pass along to my little after school beinning photo club. I am happy to report Julia did not disappoint:-) What actually happened was that I learned so many things that I probably should have known being a seasoned professional that I lost track of my original intention of why I was there. I couldn't wait to pull out my camera and try all of the new things that I had just learned. The color balancing and the little dot showing when your camera (Nikon) was manually focused alone was worth the price. I enjoyed every minute of this course. Thanks Julia! Anyone would benefit from this course....