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Lighting Styles: Working with Soft, Medium and Hard Light

with Matthew Jordan Smith

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About The Class

Developing your Lighting Style

Your approach to lighting can define your style as a photographer. Join Matthew Jordan Smith, a well-known celebrity photographer as he breaks down three versatile lighting styles - soft, medium and hard light. He’ll show how pairing these styles with modifiers can enhance and change the mood of your final selects, whether you’re working with commercial, wedding or portrait clients.  

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    10:09
  2. 02

    Developing a Lighting Personality

    14:03
  3. 03

    3 Types of Light

    14:32
  4. 04

    Live Shoot: Soft Light

    07:49
  5. 05

    Live Shoot: Medium Light

    25:12
  6. 06

    Live Shoot: Hard Light

    13:49

Meet Your Expert

Matthew Jordan Smith

Matthew Jordan Smith is a world-renowned professional photographer specializing in celebrity, beauty and portraiture. His iconic approach is simple: Take the time to personally connect with every subject, make them feel brilliant and beautiful, and the photos infinitely sparkle. It's ... read more

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  • Creativelive Student

    September 2018

    Matthew Jordan has such a warmth and charisma. Listening to the guy talk and praising everyone for asking questions makes one sincerely engaged. I can see why people pick him to work with. He's a talented and personable man. Though this is not a hold your hand kind of class, it's really about the options and making your own choices. For someone who has lighting A.D.D. I like that! :)

  • Gene Tolan

    Gene Tolan

    November 2017

    Matthew Jordan Smith is excellent at his craft and also a great teacher. Very clear and concise information wrapped in a passionate presentation. Thank you very much Mr. Jordan!

  • Shoot2Thrill

    Shoot2Thrill

    August 2018

    A fantastic class which gets you thinking about your own lighting style, interaction with models, branding, marketing and gaining a sustainable career. I bought this on a sale and was pleased with the investment.

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