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Sculpting with Hard and Soft Light

with Erik Valind

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    06:10

Class duration: 1h 30m

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About The Class

Would you like to expand your lighting repertoire beyond traditional portraits but don’t know where to start? Photographer and educator Erik Valind will teach you lighting techniques that you can use to sculpt curves and enhance features while photographing athletes.

In this intermediate class, Erik will show you how to:

  • Understand and use the tools necessary to shape light
  • Create dimensions and depth with light and angles
  • Use special effects to control contrast and atmosphere

You know how to shape light for portraiture work, but it’s time to expand your knowledge and learn to take images that don’t focus on the face. After this class, you’ll be able to control and shape light in ways you couldn’t have previously imagined.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    06:10
  2. 02

    Controlling Light

    16:36
  3. 03

    Creating Depth Through Direction

    05:48
  4. 04

    Controlling Contrast in Portrait

    18:23
  5. 05

    Controlling Contrast Through High Key Lighting

    25:09
  6. 06

    Sculpting With Light

    18:11

Meet Your Expert

Erik Valind

Erik Valind is a freelance photographer, born and raised on the Florida beaches, now living in New York City. He specializes in commercial lifestyle photography and environmental portraiture with airy and energetic imagery defining his style and vision.  ... read more

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  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    May 2019

    He has good demeanor and there a few good tricks.

  • Travis Harvey

    Travis Harvey

    July 2019

    Good class, I like how he doesn't waste any time and moves through the course quickly, but covers the material needed.

  • Chris R

    Chris R

    May 2019

    Great Class!

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