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Strobe Lighting on Location

with Joel Grimes

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    06:48
  •   06 Balance Strobes with Ambient Light

    14:27

Class duration: 9h 37m

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About The Class

Master Strobe Lighting to Create Dynamic Portraits


Get out of the studio, and make the most of your portrait photography by combining strobe and natural light. Joel Grimes breaks down strobe lighting through 11 different lighting setups, including shooting at a boxing gym, a local park, in direct sunlight on the roof and in the studio, so that you can go out on location and capture great images. 

Join Joel for this class as he goes through the basics of strobe lighting basics and how to use strobes to overpower the sun.

Once you learn the essentials of strobes, he will show you techniques on:

  • How to use a neutral density filter and the combination of ambient and strobe lighting, to achieve a shallow depth of field.
  • How to achieve an HDR 32-bit depth final image with ISO bracketing
  • How to create a textured background for a character portrait and stitch it in Adobe Photoshop
Joel is an experienced commercial portrait photographer and a member of the Canon Explorer of Light team. Learn how to create iconic images of your own as Joel shares his extensive experience in the lighting world.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    06:48
  2. 02

    Develop your Artistic Vision

    20:22
  3. 03

    Learn Strobe Basics

    19:21
  4. 04

    Which Strobe Is Best For You?

    17:36
  5. 05

    Strobe Questions Answered

    15:33
  6. 06

    Balance Strobes with Ambient Light

    14:27
  7. 07

    The Sunny 16 Rule

    16:12
  8. 08

    Choose the Right Modifier for Strobes

    28:02
  9. 09

    On Location Shoot: Overpower Sunlight with Strobes

    24:01
  10. 10

    Create Shallow Depth of Field Using Strobes Outdoors

    23:49
  11. 11

    On Location Shoot: Portrait in the Shade with ND Filter

    21:19
  12. 12

    On Location Shoot: Portrait with Sun on the Shoulder with ND Filter

    17:48
  13. 13

    On Location Shoot: Portrait Using Strobes & Wide Angle Lens

    14:41
  14. 14

    Shoot: Use Strobes with Props

    17:07
  15. 15

    Shoot: Shooting into Sun with Strobes

    22:27
  16. 16

    Shoot: Increase Strobe Power while Shooting in Sunlight

    10:46
  17. 17

    Understand 32 Bit Depth

    20:03
  18. 18

    HDR Bit Depth with Strobes

    16:36
  19. 19

    How to Use the CamRanger for HDR Portraits

    33:35
  20. 20

    On Location Shoot: Setting Up the Lights in Boxing Gym

    13:55
  21. 21

    On Location Shoot: 3 Light Edge Portrait with Strobes

    21:45
  22. 22

    On Location Shoot: Portrait Using Top Light with Strobes

    18:10
  23. 23

    On Location Shoot: Create a Dramatic Portrait with Strobes

    19:26
  24. 24

    Strobes & Textured Background for Character Portraits

    09:44
  25. 25

    Shoot: Set-up the Gear for Portrait

    16:07
  26. 26

    Shoot: One Strobe Portrait with Gray Backdrop

    26:30
  27. 27

    Shoot: One Strobe Portrait with Textured Background

    13:32
  28. 28

    Shoot: Using HDR for One Strobe Portrait

    08:55
  29. 29

    Setting up Post Production Workflow

    16:02
  30. 30

    Photoshop® Workflow: HDR Boxing Gym Portrait Shoot

    14:35
  31. 31

    Photoshop® Workflow: HDR Portrait with Stitching

    37:51

Meet Your Expert

Joel Grimes

In 1984 Joel Grimes graduated from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Photography and soon established a commercial studio working out of Denver Colorado.For over 27 years Joel has worked for many of the top advertising agencies and ... read more

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  • Christopher Langford

    March 2017

    I love Joel, even though I'm not a big fan of his style. He's a great teacher, really down to earth, and best of all, humble. He's a true professional and knows the business. Even if you're a seasoned photographer, I believe you will pick up some great tips throughout this course. What I enjoyed most from this course was learning Joel's thought processes and how he takes on challenges.

  • Dana Niemeier

    Dana Niemeier

    June 2016

    After seeing Joel at Shutterfest 2016, I am a fan. He is intense, but that is inspiring. I especially like the segment using ND filters as I live in Florida where bright sun can be an issue! His teaching method sets the student at ease. You see him make mistakes and then figure them out! Makes us believe there is HOPE for us in the learning process! I also bought his commercial photography class as an add on. Great to see him work and think on his feet. Thanks CreativeLive for giving artists this platform that reaches out to artists around the globe.

  • Gilbert Wu

    October 2018

    I did enjoy the class despite not being used to the American product placement culture. The British say “the proof is in the pudding”, Joel’s pictures are fantastic and create drama. He has the eye. I like his very down to earth approach which is far better than many youtube photographic charlatans. Apart from the techniques he shared, one very important thing I learned from this class is “Be an artist and not a technician”. If you want to learn from people who can take better pictures and more confident and experienced in his/her work than you, Joel is one of those people.

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