Picture Perfect Lighting



Lesson Info

Location Lighting Upgrade Examples

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