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Understanding Light

with Mark Wallace

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About The Class

the fundamentals of lighting.

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The success of every photographer — artistically and professionally — is based on a strong understanding of how light works. Join photographer Mark Wallace for a three-day course that will demystify the fundamentals of lighting and give you the concrete skills you need to get a powerful image using the right lighting every time you shoot.

Mark will cover everything you need to know about hard, soft, directional, and diffused light. You’ll learn about reading natural light and manipulating it with tools like reflectors and diffusion panels. Mark will also guide you through working with light in a studio environment. You’ll explore using basic studio lights to manipulate and shape light and working with strobes and speedlights. You’ll also learn about shooting on-location and how to balance shape, and color ambient light and light from a flash.

By the end of this course, you’ll be equipped with a whole new understanding of light that will help you to shoot more efficiently, capture consistently well-lit images, and reach new creative heights as a photographer.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

  2. 02

    Language and Properties of Light

  3. 03

    Position of Light

  4. 04

    Science of Light

  5. 05

    Dynamic Range

  6. 06

    Circle of Confusion

  7. 07

    Working with Natural Light

  8. 08

    Light Modifiers

  9. 09

    Understanding your TTL Meter

  10. 10

    Finding the Light

  11. 11

    Open Shade

  12. 12

    Working with Constant Light in a Studio

  13. 13

    Shoot: Constant Light

  14. 14

    Light Modifiers

  15. 15

    Shoot: Portrait Lighting

  16. 16

    Intro to Flash Photography

  17. 17

    Balancing Color Temperatures

  18. 18

    Bouncing Speedlites

  19. 19

    Light Modifiers for Speedlites

  20. 20

    Dragging the Shutter and High Speed Sync

  21. 21

    Metering Basics for Studio Strobes

  22. 22

    Studio Strobe Science

  23. 23

    Mark's Secret Canon Setup

  24. 24

    Light Ratio Metering

  25. 25

    Three Light Setup

  26. 26

    Working with Multiple Lights

  27. 27

    Law of Reflection

  28. 28

    Zone Lighting Part 1

  29. 29

    Zone Lighting Part 2

  30. 30

    Shoot: Studio Strobes on Location Part 1

  31. 31

    Shoot: Studio Strobes on Location Part 2

  32. 32

    Understanding Histograms Part 1

  33. 33

    Understanding Histograms Part 2

  34. 34

    Clarifying Questions


Meet Your Expert

Mark Wallace

Mark Wallace is a photographer based in the United States. Best known for his web-based video series Digital Photography One on One and Exploring Photography sponsored by Adorama. Millions of people have watched Mark’s videos on YouTube, and the numbers continue to grow. Mark has a strong social media following on Facebook and Twitter, where he spends time interacting with viewers and workshop attendees. ... read more

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88% of students recommend this class.
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  • Claudia Ochsner

    Claudia Ochsner

    August 2014

    This is an excellent course. I recommend this course to every photographer, of any level who want to put money into lighting stuff. Mark Wallace has a gift to teach and to truly enlighten his audience about complex issues in photography. The money for this course is well spent, the time is more valuable than hanging around in forums and ask questions to others who don't have a clue as well. The products used ( partly promoted ) are very "American" - I have to say that as Swiss. Because you know there are two other brands which could compete at the top level of studio lights as well. Just kidding - But seriously - many thanks to Mark, John, Lex ( Gosh - you are so beautiful ) , CL and their team to help me to reach out for a new level in my photography. I am now going to push my boundaries, well knowing that understanding light is science, but for sure not rocket science.

  • Rose-Marie Gallagher

    August 2016

    This was an outstanding course! Mark presented TONS of quality information, starting at the very basic concepts and working up from there. He is interesting to listen to and very understandable. Great examples that expand the learning. Highly recommended! Thanks for bringing Mark's class to CL...I hope there will be more.

  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    August 2014

    This is probably the first Creative Live course I have purchased that I've watched in its entirety. Every single solitary video. I feel so strongly about Mark's teaching ability that this is also the very time I have written a review. I first came across Mark Wallace on Adorama TV. Interesting and so knowledgeable. So I explored and found other tutorials by Mark on Pocket Wizard. So when Creative Live offered this three day course - I bought it without hesitation. Mark makes the difficult - easy to comprehend and the un-understandable - understandable. I have learned so much from him and I haven't even met the guy! There are so many questions I'd like to ask - that doesn't mean that the videos were lacking in any respect. Rather, time constraints prevented Mark from covering topics he wanted to cover. I am definitely going to purchase the original Mark Wallace Creative Live course on Speedlights. I am also voting for a course: "28 days with Mark Wallace," so that we can tap into his genius with Lighting. How about it Creative Live? Bravo Mark - a very successful course. I am looking forward to the next one.

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