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Location Lighting 101

with Lindsay Adler

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  •   01 Class Introduction

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  •   14 Shooting at Noon

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About The Class

take amazing outdoor shots.


Getting a great outdoors shot requires a sophisticated understanding of lighting. Both beginning photographers and seasoned professionals must overcome the same challenges when addressing glare, shadows and full or partial sun. This course is your introduction to the skills you need to shoot successfully in any outdoors situation.

This course is broken into short, practical segments so you can easily review the applicable tips and tactics when you need them. You’ll learn about working with single and multiple flashes, reflectors, and speedlights. Lindsay Adler also shares the best times to opt for studio gear and guides you through ways to incorporate it in your outdoor workflow. You’ll gain a complete understanding of the tools and techniques you can use to meet your location lighting goals.

By the end of this course, you’ll be ready to conquer any outdoor lighting situation whether you’re working with a $30 flash or a complete on location studio.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    04:42
  2. 02

    Principles of Light

    33:01
  3. 03

    Speedlights vs Strobes

    11:16
  4. 04

    Compressing the Scene

    21:57
  5. 05

    Location Lenses and Lenshoods

    07:42
  6. 06

    Metering Modes and Back Button Focus

    23:46
  7. 07

    Natural Light Reflectors

    20:14
  8. 08

    Reflector Types and Sizes

    24:06
  9. 09

    Reflector Angles

    13:11
  10. 10

    Reflector Materials

    15:48
  11. 11

    Diffusers and Scrims

    22:11
  12. 12

    Diffuser Q&A

    14:51
  13. 13

    Types of Shade and Window Light

    31:09
  14. 14

    Shooting at Noon

    17:00
  15. 15

    Natural Light with Groups and Overcast Light

    22:40
  16. 16

    See the Light and My Ambient Light Toolkit

    25:49
  17. 17

    Strobes on Location

    22:30
  18. 18

    Inverse Square Law

    15:02
  19. 19

    Strobe Reflectors

    16:59
  20. 20

    Strobe Modifiers with Q&A

    25:21
  21. 21

    Strobe Exposure Essentials

    34:00
  22. 22

    Strobe Exposure Essentials Q&A

    12:11
  23. 23

    Today's Strobes and Determining Exposure

    23:29
  24. 24

    Neutral Density Filters

    21:06
  25. 25

    Exposure Problem Solving and Overpowering the Sun

    23:12
  26. 26

    Three Sun-Strobe Recipes and Interwined Exposures

    18:09
  27. 27

    Strobes at Sunset

    18:08
  28. 28

    Strobes in Action

    21:00
  29. 29

    Live Demos and Q&A

    30:04
  30. 30

    Why Speedlights?

    15:15
  31. 31

    On-Camera Flash and Modifiers

    30:47
  32. 32

    Off-Camera Flash and Modifiers

    25:43
  33. 33

    Speedlight Q&A

    09:46
  34. 34

    How to Take your Flash Off-Camera

    22:22
  35. 35

    Intro to Manual and TTL Flash Modes

    15:22
  36. 36

    TTL and Manual Flash Modes Q&A with Demos

    21:11
  37. 37

    TTL vs Manual

    24:35
  38. 38

    High Speed Sync

    33:18
  39. 39

    Speedlights for Fill and Flash Gels

    42:19
  40. 40

    Speedlights for Groups

    12:32
  41. 41

    Using Multiple Speedlights

    18:17
  42. 42

    Analyzing the Scene and Mimicking the Sun

    17:41
  43. 43

    Lighting on Location Showdown

    14:17
  44. 44

    Intro to Location Lighting Gear

    20:22
  45. 45

    Options: Pack & Head Systems

    15:12
  46. 46

    Options: Monoblocks & Battery Packs

    26:08
  47. 47

    Options: Speedlights

    10:51

Meet Your Expert

Lindsay Adler

Fashion photographer Lindsay Adler has risen to the top of her industry as both a photographer, educator, and Canon Explorer of Light. Based in New York City, her fashion editorials have appeared in numerous fashion and photography publications including Marie Claire, Elle, InStyle, Noise, Essence, Zink Magazine, Rangefinder, Professional Photographer and dozens more. As a photographic educator, she is one of the most sought after speakers internationally, teaching on the industry's largest platforms and most prestigious events.  ... read more

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100% of students recommend this class.
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  • Creativelive Student

    September 2014

    This class was amazing. Lindsay Adler is a great presenter...I learned so much.....I love that she spoke about natural light..strobes and speedlites. Wonderful information. I purchased this and I am glad I did. Great job Lindsay. Jean

  • photogirl

    September 2014

    Lindsey Adler is one of the best and most engaging photography instructors in the USA. I highly recommend this lighting course. It felt more like a 101 and a 102 course than just a basic course. She teaches in a way that makes learning alot of fun and the amount of time & effort that she puts into her video and class presentations are second to none. Her classes are well worth their weight in gold and you will walk away with a wealth of knowledge!

  • islandGirl

    January 2015

    Lindsay is amazing , I love the way she explains everything!! This course is filled with GREAT information and helps you better understand natural lighting,strobe and flash. Thank You Lindsay, please keep your classes coming!

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