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Real World Lighting: Advanced Techniques

with Scott Robert Lim

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About The Class

get a deeper understanding of light.

Impress your clients with gorgeously lit photos using lighting methods taught by Scott Robert Lim in Real World Lighting: Advanced Techniques.

In this fast-moving class, Scott will teach you how to create dramatic new lighting looks, on a budget and on-location.

You’ll learn about the physics behind light and exposure so you know exactly what it takes to get the lighting you are looking for. Scott will get you up-to-speed on the gear you need to get fantastic shots and he’ll show you high-end lighting effects you can create on a limited budget. You'll also get some solid marketing & business tips for attracting the clients you want. Scott will cover:

  • On-location composition
  • Long exposure magic
  • Colored lighting effects
  • Clamshell portrait glow and more.

You’ll develop a deeper understanding of light and how to use gear and composition to maximum effect. Scott will also cover the business skills you need to thrive and create lasting success in a competitive industry.

Scott builds on his popular Crazy, Stupid Light class with this advanced lighting training – Real World Lighting: Advanced Techniques is guaranteed to inspire and take your location lighting skills to a whole new level.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Course Introduction

  2. 02

    What Photographers Should Know

  3. 03

    Lighting Gear Box

  4. 04

    My Camera Gear

  5. 05

    Understanding the Magic of Flash

    If you can’t control one flash - there is no way you can control two. Learn flash like the back of your hand.

  6. 06

    Shoot: Essential Skill #1 - Lighting Positions

  7. 07

    Essential Skill #2 - Bright Light Situations

  8. 08

    Essential Skill #2 - Continued

  9. 09

    Essential Skill #3 - Low Contrast Lighting

  10. 10

    Essential Skill #3 - Continued

  11. 11

    Shoot: Essential Skill #3 - Low Contrast Lighting

  12. 12

    Essential Skills Overview

  13. 13

    Essential Skill #4: Low Light Techniques

  14. 14

    Shoot: Low Light Techniques

  15. 15

    Shoot: Flash & Color Gels

  16. 16

    Essential Skill #5: No Light Techniques

  17. 17

    Shoot: No Light Techniques

  18. 18

    Essential Skill #6: Composition - Rule 1

  19. 19

    Essential Skill #6: Composition - Rule 2 - 4

  20. 20

    Essential Skill #6: Composition - Rule 5 - 7

  21. 21

    Reception and Event Lighting: Auto Flash

  22. 22

    Shoot: Auto and Manual Flash

  23. 23

    Reception and Event Lighting: Dance Floor Demo

  24. 24

    Reception Lighting Q & A

  25. 25

    Image Critique

  26. 26

    Image Critique Continued

  27. 27

    5 Essential Lenses

  28. 28

    Essential Lenses on a Budget

  29. 29

    Final Exam: Twinkle Lights

  30. 30

    Final Exam: Jumping Shot

  31. 31

    Final Exam: Long Exposure and Gel Color

  32. 32

    Final Exam: Silhouette and Hollywood Glamour

  33. 33

    General Q & A - Quick Critique

  34. 34

    Making your First Million: Perfect Job

  35. 35

    Making your First Million: Mentoring

  36. 36

    Making your First Million: Expanding


Meet Your Expert

Scott Robert Lim

Internationally acclaimed, master photographer, Scott Robert Lim (Photog Cr. AOPA) was awarded the prestigious 2009 WPPI Kodak Award and was inducted into WPPI’s Society of Excellence and has earned an Accolade of Outstanding Photographic Achievement by one of the world’s ... read more

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  • pdf Crazy Stupid Light Review
  • pdf Keynote 1
  • pdf Keynote 2
  • pdf Keynote 3
  • pdf Syllabus
  • pdf Gear Guide
  • pdf Final Exam
  • HD Going Big on a Tiny Budget - HD

78% of students recommend this class.
See what some of them have to say.

  • Dan Frumkin

    Dan Frumkin

    July 2017

    I read several reviews on this site which gave me hesitation to buy this course. Nonetheless, I pressed on. Now I have a suggestion for those considering parting with their cash. Before you buy, go to any of Scott’s galleries online. If you can shoot at Scott’s level move on. If you cannot see the artistry in Scott’s work, move on. If you cannot conceive of the technical proficiency Scott has with flash, move on. But if you are mortal photographer that desires to improve your work, compare your personal portfolio to Scott’s. He wins awards for good reasons. Invest the time and money. You will be amply rewarded. Real World Lighting: Advanced Techniques is worth every penny. So is Crazy, Stupid, Light. I purchased both and now use Scott’s advice and techniques daily. Plus, he provides a good dose of inspiration and humor. Scott is an awesome professional, fantastic photographer and a wonderful teacher.

  • user-f9ff5e

    September 2017

    I already own Lim's class, "Crazy, Stupid Light" as well as two of his Strobie 230 flashes with transmitter (in addition to my Canon speedlight). I appreciate being able to get into lighting with flashes and equipment that costs much less than Profoto lights etc. that I couldn't afford yet. Lim has a very organized and energetic teaching style. He is a great speaker in that he is excited about what he is doing and seems to love to help others learn how to be successful with their lighting. He is very animated and funny and has the right blend of being confident yet self-effacing and admits his mess-ups during class. I find him very engaging and interesting. If you have less than $500 or $600 to spend on lights, but want to start adding lighting to your photo shoots, he is a great place to start.

  • Creativelive Student

    October 2014

    This class was fantastic! I've always opted for the easy way out when it came to lighting my subjects, usually resorting to using just natural light and a reflector even though I always have my lighting kit with me. I learned in this class how creating my own light can be the easiest way to get the results I want. It's much easier than trying to make the natural light do what I want it to do. Scott's passion for photography and teaching are evident, and his commitment to the success of his students is amazing. I definitely recommend this course for photographers at any level. I came away with many ideas on how to build upon the lighting tips presented here to make it my own. Thanks Scott Robert Lim!

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