Lighting Solutions for Portrait Photography
with James Schmelzer
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01 Class Introduction05:59
02 The Distance of Light from the Subject10:18
Class duration: 1h 29mSee all 6 lessons
About The Class
lighting for portraits of real people.
The Distance of Light from the Subject
Explore the different results you get when you adjust the distance between your backdrop, subject, and light source.10:18
Positioning the Lights14:51
Studying the Patterns of Light10:06
Using Reflectors & Fabrics in Light15:56
Lighting Real People & Situations32:13
James Schmelzer is an internationally known Master Craftsmen Photographer, lecturer and owner of Elite Photographic Studio located in Shelby Twp., Michigan. As a professional photographer for over 25 years, James has been awarded the Photographic Craftsman and Master of Photography from PPA, Accolade of Photographic Mastery from WPPI, among many others. Besides owning and running his own studio, James conducts workshops, speaks at seminars & demonstrates lighting techniques at tradeshows all around the world. ... read moreSee instructor's Classes
69% of students recommend this class.
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First off - the instructor's personality is not for everyone. I personally found him hilarious. He's your typical brash, cocky New Yorker AKA my kind of people. As for the class, its very instructive. He doesn't show off every single lighting style he mentions (loop, broad, short, butterfly, etc) in exquisite detail but that's because the purpose is to use whatever light makes your subject look the best. He goes through each one, but very quickly. His two main lighting examples are butterfly and rembrandt. The portraits he takes are very high school senior style, but the information he provides is incredibly useful for any other kind of lighting situation. There is a boat load of excellent information in this class; you just gotta know that what he's telling you is applicable across the board.
Not a good teacher by any means. The "Just teasing" comment he has to throw around is just weird. Other classes I've taken were MUCH better with far more humble instructors. Not happy with this one purchase...but thankful it was one and lesson learned. LOL LOVE all my other Creative Live classes though!!
Fantastic course! Loved the instructors sense of humor and direct, straight to the point approach!
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