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Light Painting for Beginners

with Ben Willmore

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Class duration: 5h 50m

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About The Class

You can create amazing images with light painting, and Ben Willmore is going to show you how! Making light trails, highlighting parts of your image, crazy spiral effects--all the fun secrets of light painting will be yours in this special 1-day workshop! Ben will show you how to use everyday light sources to make striking images, as this is a technique that doesn't require a lot of equipment. If you have a tripod and a flashlight, you can light paint, and Ben is going to show you how!

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    SPECIAL: Evening Light Painting Session

  2. 02

    Introduction to Light Painting

  3. 03

    Shoot: Objects on a Tabletop

  4. 04

    Shoot: Using Gels

  5. 05

    Editing: Objects on a Table

  6. 06

    Morning Q&A and Timing for Light Painting

  7. 07

    Students Shoot: Vase of Flowers

  8. 08

    Editing: Student Images and Composites

  9. 09

    Review of the Special Evening Shoot

  10. 10

    Shoot: Scooter Composite

  11. 11

    Compositing the Scooter

  12. 12

    Shoot: Light Painting a Person

  13. 13

    Student Shoot: Iris

  14. 14

    Light Graffiti

  15. 15

    Light Painting Example Review

  16. 16

    Fun and Unique Light Sources

  17. 17

    Sparkler Painting


Meet Your Expert

Ben Willmore

Ben Willmore is a member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame who has taught over 100,000 Adobe Photoshop® users on all seven continents. His bestselling books, DVDs, and hit seminars have established Ben as one of America’s favorite Adobe Photoshop® instructors, and he is often the top-selling speaker at design and photography conferences throughout the world. He writes for numerous digital imaging publications, including Photoshop User magazine, and his award-winning books have helped helped hundreds of thousands of design and photography professionals make the transition from blindly following step-by-step techniques to “Ah-ha! I finally GET Photoshop!” ... read more

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  • Julie Coder

    Julie Coder

    December 2019

    I've been interested in light painting for awhile, so I was thrilled to see this included in Ben's bundle package, since I'm learning Lightroom as well. Really enjoyed it! I appreciate the "trial & error" approach of the class so we can see the thought practice behind the photos, not just the final images. Really helpful tips for editing as well. I love the images on his website, which gave me ideas for things to try on my own. Fun, fun, fun!

  • Paul


    October 2017

    Really cool class so far. Just wanted something to get some inspiration and this is fun class but it's gonna force you to exercise. I don't work for creative live but I don't have to say that the quality of the few classes I've just started in photography is very good. I once was a professional photographer and I've taken lots of live classes and I feel the value of these is good. I am looking forward to watching the Clay Blackmore class.

  • Colleen Duffy

    December 2016

    I love the way Ben talks and teaches but I am super glad that I didn't pay full price for this class.If I had paid full price I would have asked for a refund didn't really learn much more than I could have on google video.I wouldn't recommend this class to anyone that has any knowledge of photography for a new photographer this would be great and exciting for them

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