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Lighting Essentials Workshop

with Don Giannatti

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    10:08
  •   02 Why Light Matters

    35:34

Class duration: 14h 38m

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About The Class

Learn how to light in any situation. This special 3-day workshop will introduce you to lighting by learning the basics. Don helps you start evaluating light from a subject centric approach — teaching you to identify how your light will react to your subject. Don Giannatti’s workshop is perfect for photographers working to find their vision and their own perspective. You'll learn to use this knowledge of light to create perfect photographs. This workshop is a non-stop, hands-on weekend.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    10:08
  2. 02

    Why Light Matters

    35:34
  3. 03

    What Makes Good Light?

    18:32
  4. 04

    Equipment Q&A

    13:04
  5. 05

    Subject Centric Lighting: Bowling Balls

    10:51
  6. 06

    Wizwow's Rope Meter

    17:44
  7. 07

    Softbox vs. Shower Curtain (Claudine)

    26:05
  8. 08

    Technical Q&A

    33:07
  9. 09

    Light Modifiers

    13:37
  10. 10

    Light Modifiers Shoot: Alyssa & Claudine

    47:40
  11. 11

    Light Modifiers Q&A

    23:25
  12. 12

    Subject Centric Lighting

    25:14
  13. 13

    Subject Centric Lighting Q&A

    03:35
  14. 14

    Shoot: What We've Covered

    22:45
  15. 15

    Lesson 16 - 29 Introduction

    08:41
  16. 16

    Reviewing Previous Images

    20:21
  17. 17

    Placing Exposure

    31:22
  18. 18

    Placing Exposure Q&A

    11:43
  19. 19

    Emotional Lighting

    17:58
  20. 20

    Shoot: Window Light (Brie and Alyssa)

    42:11
  21. 21

    Working with Models

    09:41
  22. 22

    Shoot: Window Light with Reflectors

    06:20
  23. 23

    Shoot: Headshot with Hot Lights (Brie)

    22:51
  24. 24

    Shoot: Headshot with Hot Lights (Alyssa)

    13:09
  25. 25

    Shoot Q&A

    11:15
  26. 26

    Shoot: Beach Lighting

    27:47
  27. 27

    Shoot: Clam Shell Lighting

    26:15
  28. 28

    Shoot: Beauty Dish

    20:23
  29. 29

    Reviewing Today's Images

    31:23
  30. 30

    Owning Your Own Light

    13:57
  31. 31

    Telling Stories

    09:43
  32. 32

    Shoot: Dramatic Single Light (John)

    20:08
  33. 33

    Shoot: Beauty Setup (Natalie)

    28:50
  34. 34

    Student Shoot: Tracy

    13:18
  35. 35

    Student Shoot: Kimberly

    15:18
  36. 36

    Student Shoot: Ian

    16:53
  37. 37

    Student Shoot: Lori

    16:13
  38. 38

    Student Shoot: Moe

    05:54
  39. 39

    Shoot: Building the Ambient (Isabel)

    53:48
  40. 40

    Shoot: Two Subjects (Briana and Natalie)

    16:23
  41. 41

    Student Image Review

    13:46
  42. 42

    Life as a Photographer

    51:09

Meet Your Expert

Don Giannatti

Don Giannatti has been a commercial photographer and graphic designer for over 40 years. Starting out with photography as a hobby, he eventually had studios in LA, Chicago and NY. Specializing in people and still life, Don added design to ... read more

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  • pdf Lighting Essentials Ebook v1.pdf
  • pdf Don Slides - Why Light Matters.pdf
  • pdf Don Slides - What Is Good Light.pdf
  • pdf Don Slides - Light Does the Same Thing.pdf
  • pdf Don Slides - Subject Centric Light.pdf

96% of students recommend this class.
See what some of them have to say.

  • Cheryl

    August 2017

    I just finished watching this course, and with teary eyes can say, without reserve, this class has been fantastic! Don's last session would be great to watch in the beginning and the end because it helps to understand his thoughts on being a photographer. The rest of the class is full of great information on lighting and Don is able to explain his thoughts and his processes with ease. I hope I will always think ahead and plan how I want my final results and how I want my subject to reflect light. Learning this was one of my "aha" moments during this class. I own over 30 Creative Live photography courses and this class is one of the top classes I own. I already plan on rewatching the whole class. Well worth the investment! I feel it is not a beginner course, but a intermediate to advanced one. Don has set a high standard in lighting...a goal to reach for...a goal that is possible for each person willing to take the time to learn and practice. Thanks Don and thanks CreativeLive!

  • Ryan Redmond

    April 2019

    I am so glad I took this course. I'll be honest, it took a few lessons for me to warm up to this series but I'm glad I stuck with it. I have had a couple cheap speedlights, softboxes/umbrellas, and reflectors for many months now and was too intimidated to start using them. After going through this I am not only downright excited to use them, and confident that I can have spectacular outcomes, I'm also confident about shooting in natural light indoors and outdoors. It's also given me the tools and confidence to start shooting in manual vs aperture priority and to nail the general calculations in my head. I appreciate that Don used mostly budget or unorthodox equipment like speedlights, foam core, work lights, curtains, etc. because that's what I can afford and have been using to try to replicate expensive gear. Other classes use thousands of dollars in lighting and Don proves you don't need that for excellent shots. I also appreciate his advice for directing your "models" and insights into his overall process. This class was invaluable to me as a novice. Thank you!

  • Joanna

    Joanna

    April 2012

    I thank very much CL that I could see the wonderful material on the light in photography, in fact everything became clearer, Don you are the great teacher, great stuff, very interesting and fantastic lecture, very helpful ! Thank you one more time !!!

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