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  •   01 Class Introduction

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  •   06 Live Shoot: Back Lit Subject with V Flats

    19:26

Class duration: 9h 43m

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About The Class

Create dynamic portraits when you know the fundamentals of lighting

Understanding how and where light is found when taking a photograph is one of the most essential learnings when taking a portrait. It's easy to spend a lot of time working on complicated lighting set-ups when your best light is often right in front of you. Join well-known portrait photographer Peter Hurley as he simplifies the process by walking you through the fundamentals of lighting. He’ll explain natural light and how to work with what’s available. He’ll discuss how to work with continuous light and the best way to use strobes. Over the course of this class you’ll be able to photograph a portrait using: 
  • Natural Lighting Continuous LIghting 
  • Strobe Lighting 
  • A mixture of variable lighting to create a dynamic portrait with a simple set up

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    10:34
  2. 02

    Natural Light Overview

    30:31
  3. 03

    Live Shoot: Maximizing Window Light

    15:51
  4. 04

    Live Shoot: Use Reflector to Enhance Natural Light

    22:12
  5. 05

    Live Shoot: Back Light Your Subject

    19:59
  6. 06

    Live Shoot: Back Lit Subject with V Flats

    19:26
  7. 07

    Live Shoot: Utilize ProBoard with Natural Light

    23:27
  8. 08

    Continuous Lighting Overview

    21:45
  9. 09

    Peter Hurley Signature Lighting Overview

    07:11
  10. 10

    Live Shoot: Continuous Square Light Set-Up for Women

    22:18
  11. 11

    Live Shoot: Continuous Triangle Light Set-Up for Women

    20:39
  12. 12

    Lighting for Men Overview

    11:57
  13. 13

    Live Shoot: Continuous Three Light Set-Up for Men

    09:29
  14. 14

    Live Shoot: Continuous Two Light Vertical Set-Up for Men

    24:21
  15. 15

    Live Shoot: Working with Shadows for Men

    19:43
  16. 16

    Live Shoot: Shadow, Kick & Fill for Men

    24:28
  17. 17

    Live Shoot: Clear Glare in Glasses

    23:53
  18. 18

    Live Shoot: Signature Set Up with Speed Lights for Women

    15:25
  19. 19

    Live Shoot: Signature Set Up with Speed Lights for Men

    07:52
  20. 20

    Live Shoot: Remove Big Pupils from Subjects

    15:32
  21. 21

    Live Shoot: Through the Lens Metering Lock

    05:06
  22. 22

    Live Shoot: Signature Set Up with Strobe

    11:40
  23. 23

    Live Shoot: Perfect the White Background

    32:24
  24. 24

    Peter's Journey with Strobes

    23:00
  25. 25

    Dissecting the Face

    09:44
  26. 26

    Live Shoot: Big, Bold & Beautiful Light

    32:17
  27. 27

    Live Shoot: Large Umbrella Light Set Up

    21:04
  28. 28

    Live Shoot: Feathering the Light

    15:20
  29. 29

    Live Shoot: High Speed Sync Lighting Set Up

    09:51
  30. 30

    Live Shoot: Interesting Light with Grids

    16:50
  31. 31

    Live Shoot: Using Grids to Light Your Subject

    22:08
  32. 32

    Live Shoot: Working in Hard & Soft Light

    17:06

Meet Your Expert

Peter Hurley

Peter Hurley stumbled upon a photography career after first stepping in front of the camera. His years spent modeling made him distinctly aware of the importance of the photographer/subject connection and the benefits of having synergistic relationship between the two. ... read more

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73% of students recommend this class.
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  • user-d02154

    December 2016

    I truly enjoyed this amazing lighting class. Peter Hurley shows you how he achieves his signature look using all forms of light shaping tools from natural light, to speelites and high end strobes. Seeing first hand how the placement of the subject to the light source and your lightning set up is so important to avoiding the hazards of flat light and haze. He teaches you his unique methods and secrets on how to make eyes pop and get the best color contrast without harsh shadows. You will leave this class energized to hone your own creative vision with light and shadows using the methods taught by Peter. It was a privilege to learn from a master like Peter Hurley. Thank you Creative Live for another amazing class!

  • Creativelive Student

    February 2018

    This is my first review. I typically don't bother with reviews because I guess if a class is just alright, at least I got something out of it, but this class was just soooo not what I was hoping for, I have to say something. I was disappointed in this, so much so that I've not bothered to complete the series. I found myself speeding up the content to the fullest amount of 2.5X through MOST of the content because Peter talks a lot about nothing that has anything to do with learning lighting. Yay...you were a model at one time Peter...but bragging about it while slapping your modeling photos up there only makes you look insecure. You're still a good looking man and it's just not necessary to see your "once upon a time" modeling shots. I too used to be young and beautiful. Now I'm old and fat. Yay. Do I have anything to offer on what I teach though, that is the question. Your modeling photos & stories did nothing to add to the content of what this class was advertised to be. Your modeling days have nothing to do with what I was hoping to learn from you. Good nuggets of information was thrown out there *at times*, like the idea of corporate headshot sessions working from the shortest woman to the tallest woman and then the shortest man to the tallest man. More content about these kinds of HELPFUL things are what I was looking for. I found the class to be personal story upon personal story upon personal story.......it was not helpful to learning lighting. Suggestion for Peter. EDIT. This was clearly a workshop you hosted. Focus your attention on how you can help lift others up in the skills that have helped you to become confident and successful in your career as a photographer. New photographers to the industry lack confidence and skills and we're looking for mentors. We're desperate for them. We need you to stay on point. Personal stories are ok, but only if they add to what it is you are teaching. Edit your videos down. It tends to tick people off that they paid a lot of money expecting one thing but instead they end up with hours of what is mostly an autobiography. To those looking to learn lighting, there are better, more focused informational learning formats in books from the library for free and experimenting on your own. I would hold off on spending the money on this class until it's re-shot and edited to be a more focused class. Very disappointed and I do not recommend it. Truly disappointed as I respect the work of Peter Hurley. I hate giving him a bad review but I hope he improves on his public speaking/teaching abilities and comes back improved.

  • pete hopkins

    pete hopkins

    December 2016

    Peter Hurley is the real deal. Not only does he know and share a ton of really practical knowledge of studio lighting for headshots and fashion, but he cuts through the crap and tells it like it is. He is very encouraging and serious at the same time. He had our attention from Day 1. and never lost it. *Bonus Gold - You've got to check out his Hurely-isms. They are priceless! Aside from the new bag of industry tools to work from, Peter gave me a real, sober perspective on what it takes to be PROFESSIONAL fashion photographer! And CreativeLive provided the perfect setting as well. The whole CL staff were warm and inviting and the food was great! I highly recommend CL and P. Hurley to anyone who wants to learn from the best of the best! I can't wait to start shooting with my new skill set. Sign up for CreativeLive! Take advantage of all that they have to offer! Build a foundation, own your light, and Shebang!!! You'll be at the top of your game in no time!

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