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Picture Perfect Lighting

with Roberto Valenzuela

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  •   01 Intro and Who This Class is For

    07:01
  •   03 My Progress in Lighting

    10:09

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About The Class

good lighting makes all the difference.


Don’t rely on Photoshop tricks to make your portraits pop – learn how to use light to capture the moment in a camera. In Picture Perfect Lighting, Roberto Valenzuela will teach you how to make the magic happen with on-camera, off-camera, and natural light.

Roberto is a photographer and educator committed to helping other photographers overcome roadblocks and produce their best work. In this class, he’ll teach you how to achieve perfect lighting in your portraits without always relying on bulky and expensive modifiers. 

You’ll learn:


  • How to handle Speedlites
  • The best way to use natural light
  • Studio lighting techniques

Roberto will demystify lighting and help you become a more confident practitioner of your craft. You’ll learn to embrace lighting as a source of creativity and expression, rather than a source of fear.

In Picture Perfect Lighting, Roberto will help you reduce the time you spend retouching in Photoshop so you can focus on what is really fun about photography: taking pictures. You’ll develop a better understanding of the principles behind photography lighting and learn about the gear that will make your work more beautiful – without weighing you down.

If your unedited images could use a little boost, don’t miss your chance to learn how create Picture Perfect Lighting with Roberto Valenzuela.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Intro and Who This Class is For

    07:01
  2. 02

    3 Groups for All Lighting Scenarios

    09:00
  3. 03

    My Progress in Lighting

    It is boring when everyone shoots the same photos over and over. Roberto talks about developing a unique look.

    10:09
  4. 04

    Analyzing Circumstantial Lighting

    51:46
  5. 05

    Circumstantial Lighting Q & A

    04:16
  6. 06

    Using a Reflector the Right Way

    15:45
  7. 07

    5 Behaviors of Light: Overview and Angle

    15:22
  8. 08

    5 Behaviors of Light: Inverse Square Law of Light

    13:05
  9. 09

    5 Behaviors of Light: Relative Size

    21:43
  10. 10

    5 Behaviors of Light: Relative Size Continued

    38:13
  11. 11

    5 Behaviors of Light: Color

    12:26
  12. 12

    5 Behaviors of Light: Reflective Surfaces

    05:39
  13. 13

    5 Behaviors of Light: Q & A

    04:53
  14. 14

    Location SWOT Analysis and 10 Things to Look For

    23:47
  15. 15

    Location SWOT Analysis: Examples and Exercises

    45:13
  16. 16

    Overview Q & A

    11:30
  17. 17

    Speedlites: The Basics and TTL

    33:40
  18. 18

    Speedlites: Manual Flash

    36:00
  19. 19

    Speedlites: Zoom Flash

    08:35
  20. 20

    Speedlites: Zoom and Rotating Flash Head and Reflectors

    12:50
  21. 21

    Speedlites: First Curtain vs. Second Curtain Sync

    08:07
  22. 22

    Speedlites: High Speed Sync

    12:01
  23. 23

    Speedlites: Optical vs. Radio Systems

    06:38
  24. 24

    Speedlites: Groups and Channels

    11:35
  25. 25

    Location Lighting Upgrade Examples

    32:38
  26. 26

    Indoor Lighting: Building on Ambient Light

    14:44
  27. 27

    Outdoor Lighting : Speedlights in Direct Sunlight

    15:41
  28. 28

    Outdoor Lighting: Using Speedlites in Shade

    22:29
  29. 29

    Outdoor Lighting: Romantic Look and Patterns with Speedlites

    09:48
  30. 30

    Indoor Lighting: Creating a Window with Strobes and a Curtain

    15:47
  31. 31

    Indoor Lighting: Moody Light with Speedlites and Gels

    19:05
  32. 32

    Indoor Lighting: Reflective Surfaces

    17:47
  33. 33

    Indoor Lighting: Shooting Against a Window

    10:21
  34. 34

    Indoor Lighting: Adding a Reference Point and Ambience

    07:15
  35. 35

    Indoor Lighting: Shooting into a Mirror and Creating Separation

    04:59
  36. 36

    Why You Need to Learn to Get it Right In Camera

    07:32
  37. 37

    Location Photo Review and Analysis

    35:07
  38. 38

    Intro to Reception Lighting SWOT Analysis

    15:49
  39. 39

    Reception Lighting Setup

    32:01
  40. 40

    Image Critique: Lighting Problems and Solutions

    46:32
  41. 41

    Don't Limit Yourself As A Photographer

    04:02

Meet Your Expert

Roberto Valenzuela

Roberto Valenzuela is a wedding and fine art photographer based in Beverly Hills, CA. His academic background is in Economics and Marketing. However, it was his 10 years as a concert classical guitarist which has given him a unique outlook ... read more

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  • MizUniverse

    MizUniverse

    August 2015

    Im sitting in my office listening to Roberto with my earplugs on and I know I have already left 2 reviews but he's so funny…. my family comes into the office asking me "whats so funny" Roberto makes me laugh out loud with his jokes but at the same time, he is SO great at teaching. Im watching for second time to make sure all his good info is ingrained. HIGHLY recommend you take his workshop on Picture Perfect Lighting if you truly want to take your photography to the next level! WOW thats 3 reviews now…can you tell I am impressed

  • Maureen T.

    Maureen T.

    July 2019

    I'm taking a portrait photography course at NYIP online. one of the mentors there recommended the posing book by Roberto. I ended up ordering at the library the posing and the perfect practice book. I fell in love with both books...ended up buying them and signing up here for the year membership just so I can take all of his photos courses. I spent most of my weekend doing perfect lighting course here I am in love with the way that he teaches! He makes something so difficult and challenging for me make sense. I also like that he challenges us photographers to be true professionals. I am thrilled to have discovered Roberto and already noticed my photography is better in the short time that I've been studying him.

  • dLhickey

    June 2015

    Roberto has the personaliyy and gift to relate to others.He is honest and shared some of rhe disaters that occurred, even with high paying and important clients when he failed to follow his proven and tested approaches. He has shared from his extensive knowledge developed by hard work and effort to master his craft. His dedication in attacking his weaknesses and making them a strength is inspiring. I have purchased many CL classes and all have worth the investment so I hesitated to purchase this course because I didn't think there was much new information. However the clear teaching and extensive knowledge shared by Roberto in his unique style caused me to purchase it gladly and believe it is an exceptional value. Roberto has shared his extensive tools, but you will never be the master of the craft without putting in the hard work and testing that roberto testified to. Thanks again CL for bringing the best to us and Thank you Roberto for taking the time and preparation to achive excellance in in this class.

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