Don't Limit Yourself As A Photographer


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



I can say enough about this class, the best class ever I've seen about lighting. Roberto Valenzuela, as a professional photographer and artist is the best also as a teacher. If you are beginner, enthusiastic, o professional photographer and want to craft and master lighting for ever and ever, please buy this class. Thanks Creative Live for the opportunity of been part of this. Roberto you are the best. "Eres el Mejor Amigo, Gracias"