# Shoot: Create a Dramatic Look

Lesson 3 from: One-Light Portrait Photography

Dan Brouillette

# Shoot: Create a Dramatic Look

Lesson 3 from: One-Light Portrait Photography

Dan Brouillette

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## Lessons

Lesson Info

Shoot: Create a Dramatic Look

So this is kind of the more dramatic looks. This was actually shot with one light. This was the magnum reflector. I had someone handholding it, just off the side of the camera. You could do a light stand. That would be a little easier if you don't have an assistant. But it's just again, purposefully knowing where the shadow's going to be cast. So it was one light. We'll talk about falloff, I'd lit this once and her hands went dark, and we'll talk about how to position your light, how falloff works using the inverse square law and all that fun stuff, to really control your light and the falloff. And you know, dramatic looks are usually created with this directional hard light. I love, you know a lot of people look at hard light, and they cringe but I think that's just because they're using the wrong light for the wrong subjects. There's a lot of different ways to light anything. It's just as long, you know, this is a girl in a pretty dress, up against a blue wall. You would normally thi...

## Ratings and Reviews

###### Ryan Redmond

I have mixed feelings on this one. I would still recommend it because the theory and explanations are solid and he gave a wide array of examples that show you the incredibly broad spectrum of results you can get with a given light just by changing distance and position. Having that general understanding of the fundamentals will be very useful. I'm a little bummed that he's using thousands of dollars in lighting for something that felt like it was promoted as an introduction or fundamentals class. I am a hobbyist and I am using speedlight and small softbox or umbrella combos that cost under \$100, not 500 watt strobes in 60" softboxes or \$1500 strobe and beauty dish combos. It would have been nice to see some examples with more basic equipment. I know the concepts will scale with some practice though, so the class was certainly still valuable.

###### a Creativelive Student

Fantastic little course. I knew a lot of this stuff already but still learned a couple things, too. I love seeing how different photographers explain the same things and Dan was crystal clear and highly effective. Glad I bought this course.

###### Jeff

Brilliant course for beginners. Would like to have seen some comparative examples with slightly cheaper gear, but that is for the individual to experiment. The inverse square law theory of light was a great help to me.

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