Picture Perfect Lighting


Picture Perfect Lighting


Lesson Info

Don't Limit Yourself As A Photographer

All right guys here's the closing one the closing speech is thank you for coming big time some of you flew here some of you had to fly family members to baby sit some of you drove for five minutes it's fantastic I'm going to be brutally honest I love the photography industry a lot I am one of those guys that doesn't feel sorry for people when they complain I'm also one of those guys that doesn't to feel like I feel sorry for myself because I'm full of excuses photographers are wonderful people but sometimes we get frustrated with ourselves and we try to fill our minds with excuses so we feel better about ourselves we say we don't have any good clients my clients are not good looking my clients are not skinning my clients are not supermodels we have a lot of different things happening like this um I don't have money for expensive pro photo lights or brown color lights or ellen crumb lights and I've heard it all you know I think that if you cloud your head with excuses you just don't giv...

e your head room to improve in anything I also say if you enjoy natural light and you don't want to use flash that's perfectly fine that's totally your style you have the prerogative to do that too but be the best darn natural light person you can be but if you if that choice limits you if that choice of never using flash limits you, then I think that's really too bad I feel like you should never limit your creativity because you don't want to use a flash because you're not you don't use flashes I'm like as a photographer you supposed to be an artist you're supposed to create so the line that I want to say strongly the people is prioritize a lighting vision over a lighting style that means when you go into a photo shoot if you see a vision like I had a vision with her strings flying around on frozen in the air this is a photographic vision I need flash is to create this vision okay? So if you prioritize having a lighting vision over a lighting style you open up the door tto many, many more possibilities on if you have knowledge offspeed lights and strokes on you choose not to use them not to use that skill that's perfectly fine that's your choice but at least you have this skill just like people that say I don't like to post because I like it when it's organic which really means you don't know how to post but um if you don't want a post your clients, my suggestion to us don't tell people's not your style why don't you learn how to post people well so it looks like fluid it looks natural it looks beautiful because if the organic moment off her putting on her shoe is like this, if I don't get how organic it is, it's just not going to be you're just not gonna make it, you know, it's gonna be a problem for you if you're taking a portrait of someone and they're standing like this and you're like, well, that was natural that's, organic. Okay, my suggestion is learn how the post howto post a human body, and if you choose not to use that skill, then that's a choice you make but don't make it an excuse because of your lack of skill don't say, well, I don't know how to put it if you really don't know how to oppose, don't say it's because I know my style it's like learn how to post on then you say or don't use it, but at least you have that skill. The point of all of this is don't put yourself in little little pockets off limitations no your stuff. Open your mind off all the possibilities and let you be the one that chooses what you want to do and what you don't want to do.

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