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Light Shaping Tools for Professional Photographers

with Tony Corbell

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tools and techniques for shaping light for any shoot


Light is the photographer’s most powerful medium. Professional photographers know how to shape it and reflect it, divert it and redirect it. They can tame its harshness and coax it into a subtle glow, use it to dispel troublesome shadows or highlight a striking moment. 


Effectively curating light during a shoot can bridge the gap between mediocre images and truly captivating photography. All it takes to bend light to your will is knowledge of the right gear, and when to use it. Tony Corbell is a professional photographer and a master of studio lighting. Join Tony for this course, and you will learn:

  • How to use light shaping tools and their specific uses
  • How to creatively use reflectors of all kinds
  • How to use soft boxes, umbrellas, ring flashes, and other unique tools in the studio
Tony will draw on his decades of experience to teach you a full technical understanding of the gear you need to shape light to your purpose. 

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    05:22
  2. 02

    Categories of Light Shaping Tools

    07:59
  3. 03

    When to Use Different Light

    10:50
  4. 04

    Softbox and Octabox Overview

    25:55
  5. 05

    Beauty Dish, Reflectors & Collapsible Reflectors Overview

    27:55
  6. 06

    Pros & Cons of Small Light Sources

    08:10
  7. 07

    Shoot using One Reflector

    12:24
  8. 08

    Shooting with Two Standard Reflectors

    08:53
  9. 09

    Shoot Using Grids with Reflectors

    14:37
  10. 10

    How to Use Beauty Dishes

    28:24
  11. 11

    Pros & Cons of Softboxes

    12:30
  12. 12

    Common Uses of Softboxes

    21:24
  13. 13

    Subtle Elements of Controlling Softboxes

    20:33
  14. 14

    Different Techniques with Softboxes

    29:32
  15. 15

    Pros & Cons of Umbrellas

    07:25
  16. 16

    How to Control an Umbrella

    12:25
  17. 17

    Uses of Umbrellas

    08:27
  18. 18

    Different Techniques with Umbrellas

    19:55
  19. 19

    Group Shot with Umbrellas

    19:37
  20. 20

    Differences Between Collapsible Reflectors

    25:36
  21. 21

    Shooting with Black & White Collapsible Reflectors

    15:07
  22. 22

    Shooting with Silver & Gold Collapsible Reflectors

    13:49
  23. 23

    When to Use the White Translucent Collapsible Reflector

    33:18
  24. 24

    How to Use the Large Octa Softbox

    20:50
  25. 25

    Shooting with a Large White Deep XL Umbrella

    18:59
  26. 26

    Shooting with a Large Silver Deep L Umbrella

    07:19
  27. 27

    Shooting with a 4x6 Softbox

    17:05
  28. 28

    When to Use Specialty Light Shaping

    04:40
  29. 29

    Shooting with a Hard Box

    15:29
  30. 30

    Shoot to Incorporate a Fresnel Light

    09:32
  31. 31

    Shoot Using Ring Flash

    10:23
  32. 32

    Studio Lighting Photo Critique of Student Work

    1:05:41

Meet Your Expert

Tony Corbell

Tony has been a photographer, an educator, and an author. His photographic works have been featured in publications throughout the world. While he has worked for some of the most discerning clients in the world, he is most proud of being acknowledged and included in more than twenty-five photographic books by other photographers. Tony has photographed three U.S. presidents, The Millennium Summit Meeting of World Leaders at the United Nations, sports celebrities, almost 800 brides and grooms, and a handful of NASA astronauts. ... read more

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  • pdf Corrective Lighting Techniques for Portraiture
  • pdf Light Meter Display & F-Stop Setting for Exposure
  • pdf Scene, Subject, & Light Contrast Article
  • pdf Judging Image Effectiveness Criteria
  • pdf Gear List

100% of students recommend this class.
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  • Stefan Legacy

    Stefan Legacy

    June 2018

    Bought this class on sale for 19$ and it was a great buy considering it was my first class I purchased on CL. Tony is an excellent teacher and demonstrates extensive knowledge on lighting and different uses of modifiers. Overall this is an excellent course for any one who is interested in learning studio lighting, this will give you a great detail of information.

  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    May 2016

    This is my first time watching Tony Corbell teach and work he was great! I am a natural light photographer and this class made me think about picking up some lights and umbrellas! You can tell he absolutely loves what he does. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    June 2016

    Important information if you want to be a photographer. Great teacher, good pace!!

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