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Lighting with Constant Light


Lighting with Constant Light


Class Description


  • Shape light using specific light fixtures and modifiers
  • Understand the different types of LED lights and the benefits of each
  • Freeze motion to create stunning action photos
  • Mix RGB light to create interesting color effects
  • Work with different light modifiers to get the exact look you want
  • Create lighting setups that fit your style


For years constant lights have been reserved for video and film production only. But things have changed dramatically in a short amount of time. Using state-of-the-art LED lights, you can create stunning portraits, freeze motion, and create video content. You no longer need two lighting systems.

In this class, Mark Wallace explains the different types of constant light, uses hands-on demonstrations to show you how to control light, and creates many of his favorite lighting styles.

Mark explains the different types of light fixtures and light modifiers to help you make an informed decision when purchasing your lights. This class is perfect for anyone who wants to create interesting portraits and videos using LED lights.


  • Beginner to Intermediate portrait photographers
  • Anyone looking to use constant light for still photography as well as video
  • Photographers looking to expand their creative horizons by using new tools


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Mark Wallace is a photographer based in the United States. Best known for his web-based video series Digital Photography One on One and Exploring Photography sponsored by Adorama.

Millions of people have watched Mark’s videos on YouTube, and the numbers continue to grow. Mark has a solid social media following on Facebook and Twitter, where he spends time with viewers and workshop attendees.

In 2014, Mark left the United States to embark on a 2-year worldwide adventure. He visited 28 countries and captured thousands of unique photographs across the globe.

In 2016 Mark decided to give up planes, trains, and automobiles and is now exploring the world on his motorcycle.


  1. Class Overview

    Mark Gives an overview of the class and the topics we’ll be covering. Mark also introduces the production team and explains how to download the bonus materials for the class.

  2. Types of Constant Light

    Mark explains the different types of constant light, commonly used lighting fixtures, and explains the differences between Tungsten and LED lights.

  3. Types of LED Light

    COB, SMD, DIP… what do these mean? Mark explains the different types of LED lights and the benefits of each.

  4. Controlling Light Output and Color Temperature

    We take a closer look at controlling the brightness of our lights. Controls for Tungsten and LED lights work in different ways, and Mark explains the differences. Mark explains ways to change the color temperature of constant lights. Finally, Mark reviews the basic controls of common LED lights.

  5. Constant Light vs. Flash

    In this session, we explore the differences between constant light and flash photography. Mark explains the pros and cons of each system and discusses scenarios that will only work with constant light.

  6. Light Output Compared

    Deciding which lights to buy can be confusing. One of the most significant considerations is the output of the light. In this session, Mark compares various lights and light modifiers to see how they compare.

  7. Freezing Motion with Constant Light

    You can freeze motion with a fast shutter speed when shooting with constant lights. However, you need to consider a few things: ISO values, noise in the image, focusing, and the quality of light. In this session, Mark explains all of these things and while shooting a dramatic portrait.

  8. Working With Color

    You can mix Red, Green, and Blue to create any color you want. In most cases, this is a great way to add a splash of color to your scene. However, there are some instances when you’ll need an old fashion gel for color correction.

  9. The Fresnel Lens

    A Fresnel lens is a particular type of lens that is used a lot with constant light fixtures. In this session, Mark explains what a Fresnel lens is and why it’s one of his favorite lighting tools.

  10. Light Modifiers

    Hard reflectors, barn doors, grids, softboxes, and more! In this session, Mark compares different light modifiers and explains why you would use each one. Mark also takes a look at a few specialized lights and describes their shape and function.

  11. Lighting Setup: Clamshell Light

    This simple two-light setup is excellent for portraits. By adjusting the size of the lights and the types of light used, Mark is able to get similar results with different gear.

  12. Lighting Setup: The Key and the Kickers

    Kicker lights are great for adding depth to a portrait. They can be soft and delicate or hard and dramatic. In this lighting setup, Mark uses soft and hard light to illustrate the differences.

  13. Lighting Setup: Creative Lens Flare

    Mark uses a Fresnel lens and soft, wrap-around light to create a beautiful portrait. The effect is achieved by pointing the Frenel at the camera and shining light into the lens. It takes some practice, but the results are worth it.

  14. Lighting Setup: Cinematic Portraits

    Mark uses shallow depth of field, color temperature shifts, high ISO, and post-production to create a cinematic-looking portrait.

  15. Lighting Setup: PavoTube Portraits

    Mark uses LED tubes to create beautiful headshots with interesting catchlights in the model’s eyes.

  16. Lighting Setup: Translum Silhouettes

    Mark combines a translucent material with a Fresnel backlight to capture silhouettes of our model. Mark changes the look of the silhouettes by changing the focus, distance, and light modifiers on the key light.

  17. Special Effects for Video

    Mark creates some scenes for video using the FX settings on his LED lights. Using various settings, he can make light that appears to be coming from a TV, a bad light bulb, a police car, and a lightning storm.

  18. Class Wrap Up

    Mark gives his final thoughts and shares some additional learning resources.