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Natural Light Control

with Tony Corbell

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About The Class

Natural Light Control is part of our special week-long event Lighting Toolkit.

Join award-winning photographer Tony Corbell for an in-depth exploration of how light works and how it can be controlled to create dramatic images.

After decades of shooting prominent figures — including three presidents — on location, Tony has developed a set of tools that will help you shoot confidently in any setting. Many photographers test light as they work; Tony’s methods will allow you to understand and plan light before you even begin.

Tony will guide you through the basics of light quality, quantity, and direction. Tony’s unique methods will resonate with amateurs, seasoned professionals, and everyone in between.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    The Power of Light Part 1

    18:53
  2. 02

    The Power of Light Part 2

    37:42
  3. 03

    The Power of Light Part 3

    24:02
  4. 04

    Shoot: Sunlight in Alley Part 1

    37:37
  5. 05

    Shoot: Sunlight in Alley Part 2

    22:37
  6. 06

    Shoot: Daylight on Roof Part 1

    22:22
  7. 07

    Shoot: Daylight on Roof Part 2

    27:59
  8. 08

    Shoot: Daylight on Roof Part 3

    18:54
  9. 09

    Thanks + Credits

    04:21
  10. 10

    Indoor Light Shoot Part 1

    19:42
  11. 11

    Indoor Light Shoot Part 2

    13:16
  12. 12

    Shoot: Indoor Light Continued

    24:15
  13. 13

    Q&A

    16:24

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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  • roopie

    June 2013

    Tony's course was brilliant..he makes the tech stuff so simple and MEMORABLE! this is a great foundation course that everyone should have. what can you do with a light source and a diffuser/reflectors? make some magic happen by understanding light and the way you can control it. I am excited to "learn my craft!" thanks creative live for having him on and thanks to Tony for doing such a great job...with humour!

  • Creativelive Student

    June 2015

    Absolutely love Tony, it makes you feel comfortable and confident. Tony you are a fabulous teacher, and mentor. Thanks a million for your laid back, caring attitude that helps me believe I can do this.

  • Dave Humphries

    February 2017

    Tony keeps it simple and gives good examples, although occasionally I had to pause the video to study them well enough - because the editor was keeping the timing overly tight in a few places. In some cases it would also have been nice to have two shots side by side for comparison, but Tony was great.

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