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Circumstantial Lighting Q & A


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Circumstantial Lighting Q & A

You have any questions now? I do actually and question have come in that I believe actually leads perfectly into your next little bit that you have here the question was from julie emmett who says when you put the reflector on the ground at that slight angle does that not give you up lighting on the face? I'm always told that up lighting is a no no but the photo looks pretty fantastic yeah that's because of the size of the light source, right? So if you put um if you put a small light source up into your face you're going to get you know I see that people situation but if you, um keep the light close because the quality of like this better close right and then you make it big you did you make it a large light source you defuse it or something it's goingto illuminate your chin a little bit but what did I say about that? What what did I say to do? Just lean forward two inches two inches three inches I didn't say go do like gymnastics right? Just I'm just saying from here do you hear it's...

all you need it makes all the light change because that light those rays of lights you can either hit you or they can miss you so if you lean towards the floor just a niche for three you're getting all those race are now hearing their face that could be the difference between that lighting at f four on lighting at half two point eight two point name means you don't have enough light so it's probably the answer to that okay cool digs yet so if you wanted to use that mural and the murals flat lip because she said that would be the best time to use that mural of its flatly lit so where would you put your subject um would you scream the subject will pull him into the shade under the gas station okay you know overhead so the sun is actually coming from here do you see it so if the sun is coming from here that means that the only way to shoot her would be if she gets hit by direct sunlight right there's the sun is not in the opposite if the sun wass here going this way I could just turn her away from the background could be the the wall and she would have clean lighting her because that sounds coming from behind her but the sun essentially hitting her directly in the face so I have two choices I can embrace the sun and have her chin up with a dress which is the only option really on have the painting in the back be totally clean living because or you could pull out a diffuser on diffused the light over her on dh, shoot from below off course, because you don't want to show the floor, you only wanna show the painting. You shoot from below into the painting, she's defused, and you have a you have a good life now, the wayto add one side brighter than the other, which I'll explain in a different segment. But I kind of go over it quickly before we move on. Here's, another little tip to our, um, to add a little bit of light on one side more than the other, when you have a few slight, don't put the diffuser over the person's face this way. Don't do that angle into one side of the face, so that gives that gives this side closer light than this side. So when people do this, I'm like that's. Flat, light go like this, and you have a lot better light, so any kind of angle will improve that cool, alright segment one.

Class Description

Don’t rely on Photoshop tricks to make your portraits pop – learn how to use light to capture the moment in a camera. In Picture Perfect Lighting, Roberto Valenzuela will teach you how to make the magic happen with on-camera, off-camera, and natural light.

Roberto is a photographer and educator committed to helping other photographers overcome roadblocks and produce their best work. In this class, he’ll teach you how to achieve perfect lighting in your portraits without always relying on bulky and expensive modifiers. 

You’ll learn:
  • How to handle Speedlites
  • The best way to use natural light
  • Studio lighting techniques
Roberto will demystify lighting and help you become a more confident practitioner of your craft. You’ll learn to embrace lighting as a source of creativity and expression, rather than a source of fear.

In Picture Perfect Lighting, Roberto will help you reduce the time you spend retouching in Photoshop so you can focus on what is really fun about photography: taking pictures. You’ll develop a better understanding of the principles behind photography lighting and learn about the gear that will make your work more beautiful – without weighing you down.

If your unedited images could use a little boost, don’t miss your chance to learn how create Picture Perfect Lighting with Roberto Valenzuela.


1Intro and Who This Class is For
23 Groups for All Lighting Scenarios
3My Progress in Lighting
4Analyzing Circumstantial Lighting
5Circumstantial Lighting Q & A
6Using a Reflector the Right Way
75 Behaviors of Light: Overview and Angle
85 Behaviors of Light: Inverse Square Law of Light
95 Behaviors of Light: Relative Size
105 Behaviors of Light: Relative Size Continued
115 Behaviors of Light: Color
125 Behaviors of Light: Reflective Surfaces
135 Behaviors of Light: Q & A
14Location SWOT Analysis and 10 Things to Look For
15Location SWOT Analysis: Examples and Exercises
16Overview Q & A
1Speedlites: The Basics and TTL
2Speedlites: Manual Flash
3Speedlites: Zoom Flash
4Speedlites: Zoom and Rotating Flash Head and Reflectors
5Speedlites: First Curtain vs. Second Curtain Sync
6Speedlites: High Speed Sync
7Speedlites: Optical vs. Radio Systems
8Speedlites: Groups and Channels
9Location Lighting Upgrade Examples
10Indoor Lighting: Building on Ambient Light
11Outdoor Lighting : Speedlights in Direct Sunlight
12Outdoor Lighting: Using Speedlites in Shade
13Outdoor Lighting: Romantic Look and Patterns with Speedlites
14Indoor Lighting: Creating a Window with Strobes and a Curtain
15Indoor Lighting: Moody Light with Speedlites and Gels
16Indoor Lighting: Reflective Surfaces
17Indoor Lighting: Shooting Against a Window
18Indoor Lighting: Adding a Reference Point and Ambience
19Indoor Lighting: Shooting into a Mirror and Creating Separation
1Why You Need to Learn to Get it Right In Camera
2Location Photo Review and Analysis
3Intro to Reception Lighting SWOT Analysis
4Reception Lighting Setup
5Image Critique: Lighting Problems and Solutions
6Don't Limit Yourself As A Photographer