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Picture Perfect Lighting

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Don't Limit Yourself As A Photographer

Roberto Valenzuela

Picture Perfect Lighting

Roberto Valenzuela

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41. Don't Limit Yourself As A Photographer


Class Trailer


1 Intro and Who This Class is For 07:01 2 3 Groups for All Lighting Scenarios 09:00 3 My Progress in Lighting 10:09 4 Analyzing Circumstantial Lighting 51:46 5 Circumstantial Lighting Q & A 04:16 6 Using a Reflector the Right Way 15:45 7 5 Behaviors of Light: Overview and Angle 15:22
8 5 Behaviors of Light: Inverse Square Law of Light 13:05 9 5 Behaviors of Light: Relative Size 21:43 10 5 Behaviors of Light: Relative Size Continued 38:13 11 5 Behaviors of Light: Color 12:26 12 5 Behaviors of Light: Reflective Surfaces 05:39 13 5 Behaviors of Light: Q & A 04:53 14 Location SWOT Analysis and 10 Things to Look For 23:47 15 Location SWOT Analysis: Examples and Exercises 45:13 16 Overview Q & A 11:30


17 Speedlites: The Basics and TTL 33:40 18 Speedlites: Manual Flash 36:00 19 Speedlites: Zoom Flash 08:35 20 Speedlites: Zoom and Rotating Flash Head and Reflectors 12:50 21 Speedlites: First Curtain vs. Second Curtain Sync 08:07 22 Speedlites: High Speed Sync 12:01 23 Speedlites: Optical vs. Radio Systems 06:38 24 Speedlites: Groups and Channels 11:35 25 Location Lighting Upgrade Examples 32:38 26 Indoor Lighting: Building on Ambient Light 14:44 27 Outdoor Lighting : Speedlights in Direct Sunlight 15:41 28 Outdoor Lighting: Using Speedlites in Shade 22:29 29 Outdoor Lighting: Romantic Look and Patterns with Speedlites 09:48 30 Indoor Lighting: Creating a Window with Strobes and a Curtain 15:47 31 Indoor Lighting: Moody Light with Speedlites and Gels 19:05 32 Indoor Lighting: Reflective Surfaces 17:47 33 Indoor Lighting: Shooting Against a Window 10:21 34 Indoor Lighting: Adding a Reference Point and Ambience 07:15 35 Indoor Lighting: Shooting into a Mirror and Creating Separation 04:59


36 Why You Need to Learn to Get it Right In Camera 07:32 37 Location Photo Review and Analysis 35:07 38 Intro to Reception Lighting SWOT Analysis 15:49 39 Reception Lighting Setup 32:01 40 Image Critique: Lighting Problems and Solutions 46:32 41 Don't Limit Yourself As A Photographer 04:02

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.



Im sitting in my office listening to Roberto with my earplugs on and I know I have already left 2 reviews but he's so funny…. my family comes into the office asking me "whats so funny" Roberto makes me laugh out loud with his jokes but at the same time, he is SO great at teaching. Im watching for second time to make sure all his good info is ingrained. HIGHLY recommend you take his workshop on Picture Perfect Lighting if you truly want to take your photography to the next level! WOW thats 3 reviews now…can you tell I am impressed

Maureen T.

I'm taking a portrait photography course at NYIP online. one of the mentors there recommended the posing book by Roberto. I ended up ordering at the library the posing and the perfect practice book. I fell in love with both books...ended up buying them and signing up here for the year membership just so I can take all of his photos courses. I spent most of my weekend doing perfect lighting course here I am in love with the way that he teaches! He makes something so difficult and challenging for me make sense. I also like that he challenges us photographers to be true professionals. I am thrilled to have discovered Roberto and already noticed my photography is better in the short time that I've been studying him.


Roberto has the personaliyy and gift to relate to others.He is honest and shared some of rhe disaters that occurred, even with high paying and important clients when he failed to follow his proven and tested approaches. He has shared from his extensive knowledge developed by hard work and effort to master his craft. His dedication in attacking his weaknesses and making them a strength is inspiring. I have purchased many CL classes and all have worth the investment so I hesitated to purchase this course because I didn't think there was much new information. However the clear teaching and extensive knowledge shared by Roberto in his unique style caused me to purchase it gladly and believe it is an exceptional value. Roberto has shared his extensive tools, but you will never be the master of the craft without putting in the hard work and testing that roberto testified to. Thanks again CL for bringing the best to us and Thank you Roberto for taking the time and preparation to achive excellance in in this class.