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Conquering Crappy Light

with Lindsay Adler and Erik Valind

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  •   02 Crappy Lighting Conditions: Direct Sunlight

    27:47
  •   06 Setting Your Camera Up for Crappy Light

    27:43

Class duration: 13h 37m

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About The Class

walk confidently into any setting.

Photographers constantly search to capture that decisive moment. Unfortunately that moment seldom happens under ideal photographic conditions. In this class you'll learn how to quickly overcome all of the most common crappy lighting scenarios. With the aid of these simple techniques and minimal equipment, you'll be empowered to walk into any setting and emerge with beautiful imagery.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    32:47
  2. 02

    Crappy Lighting Conditions: Direct Sunlight

    27:47
  3. 03

    Crappy Lighting Conditions: Fluorescent and Mixed

    21:00
  4. 04

    Crappy Lighting Conditions: Low Light

    29:21
  5. 05

    Crappy Lighting: Dappled, Backlit, and Overcast

    12:32
  6. 06

    Setting Your Camera Up for Crappy Light

    27:43
  7. 07

    Shoot: Fixing Fluorescent Lighting

    06:16
  8. 08

    Focusing and Shooting Modes

    18:35
  9. 09

    Shoot: Mixing Daylight and Tungsten

    23:16
  10. 10

    Getting Started with Flash

    43:30
  11. 11

    Shoot: Low Light without Flash

    19:43
  12. 12

    Shoot: Low Light with Flash

    16:49
  13. 13

    Recap and Q&A

    16:37
  14. 14

    Crappy Lighting Condition: Backlight

    33:16
  15. 15

    Crappy Lighting Condition: Low Light Outdoors

    24:10
  16. 16

    Shoot: Direct Sunlight

    37:20
  17. 17

    Shoot: Direct Sunlight with Shade

    05:47
  18. 18

    Shoot: Direct Sunlight with Flash and High Speed Sync

    25:35
  19. 19

    Shoot: Dappled Light with and without Flash

    28:57
  20. 20

    Shoot: Open and Covered Shade

    11:29
  21. 21

    Shoot: Overcast without Flash

    23:50
  22. 22

    Shoot: Overcast with Flash

    30:04
  23. 23

    Recap of Shoot

    1:40:16
  24. 24

    Scenario Kit: Event

    27:44
  25. 25

    Scenario Kit: Wedding

    20:56
  26. 26

    The Next Step Slideshow

    24:52
  27. 27

    File Managment and DNGs

    12:02
  28. 28

    Creating Color Profiles

    27:56
  29. 29

    Noise Reduction in Lightroom

    12:59
  30. 30

    Using a Color Checker

    23:32
  31. 31

    Post Production: Basic Adjustments

    25:19
  32. 32

    Post Production: Smart Objects and Color Processing

    25:29

Meet Your Experts

Lindsay Adler

Fashion photographer Lindsay Adler has risen to the top of her industry as both a photographer, educator, and Canon Explorer of Light. Based in New York City, her fashion editorials have appeared in numerous fashion and photography publications including Marie Claire, Elle, InStyle, Noise, Essence, Zink Magazine, Rangefinder, Professional Photographer and dozens more. As a photographic educator, she is one of the most sought after speakers internationally, teaching on the industry's largest platforms and most prestigious events.  ... read more

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Erik Valind

Erik Valind is a freelance photographer, born and raised on the Florida beaches, now living in New York City. He specializes in commercial lifestyle photography and environmental portraiture with airy and energetic imagery defining his style and vision.  ... read more

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  • Victor van Dijk

    Victor van Dijk

    July 2014

    Besides all the more or less 'technical, theoretical stuff', the greatest thing I'm taking away with this outstanding course is the plain joy and FUN of trying all sorts of (crappy) lighting solutions!! Speaking for myself, and I suppose also many others, as an 'advanced beginner', I strongly tend to end up to my eyeballs in all technical nitty-gritty, gear 'n' stuff, that I totally mis out on all the sheer FUN of trying out, and often 'muddling through' all kinds of lighting setups! Such a joy to see the fun exchange between Lindsay and Erik! Really catchy. There should be more classes and courses like this, redirecting students to what it's actually all about: sheer creativity and fun! Having said that, Lindsay and Erik demonstrate that there is hardly any crappy light situation that can't be overcome by creative thinking. And more often than not, it doesn't have to be high-tech or difficult! They really showed an exhaustive list of crappy light situations AND their solutions. And I highly commend Lindsay and Erik for their fun energy, and even more important, pragmatism and frankness. I recommend this course to ANY photographer AND videographer, no matter 'beginner' or 'highly advanced'! Lighting is the basis of it all, and most of the time, it isn't perfect...! I highly re

  • Julie Addison

    March 2017

    I thought I understood about light before I took this course. How wrong could I be? I have re-watched this course over and over and I just love it. Quality of light, direction of light - so many crappy light situations. Learning how to actually set a white balance instead of purely relying on the camera presets and learning colour correction by the color checker was also invaluable to me. This course is so affordable. I would recommend it to anyone from beginner to advanced as you will get more out of it than you think. I love the way Lindsay and Erik work together. No right or wrong way - just showing the differences in their styles to accomplish the same end result. Well done guys. Now to have more courses by Erik would be great. Again, can't' thank creative live enough and Erik and Lindsay for this course. Love, Love, Love It!!!!

  • Creativelive Student

    August 2013

    I hope I can tune in tomorrow. Erik and Lindsay, you guys were awesome today. Some of the things I needed some refreshing on but you definitely had a way of educating. I thought the demos were great and really validating. Light is a difficult thing to keep on your good side, especially with me, someone who primarily uses ambient and available lighting scenarios. This course is great and I'm planning to tune in tomorrow because I really want to see what you have in store for outside. Best of luck guys!! -Sim

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