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Exploring Low-Key Portraiture

with Chris Knight

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About The Class

Learn how to shoot and retouch with shadows and dark tones.

Embrace the dark! No longer be afraid of shadow and murky tones. Explore the low-key portrait with Chris Knight. Learn how to maximize the detail in dark imagery through lighting and post-production. Chris will take you from concept through execution covering simple (yet effective) lighting techniques as well as tethering tips with Adobe® Lightroom®. He'll also discuss how to develop the raw image and retouching tactics to make your image appear powerful and purposeful.


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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    12:53
  2. 02

    What Is Low-Key Lighting?

    11:12
  3. 03

    Bringing in the Subject

    05:01
  4. 04

    Lighting Patterns

    19:21
  5. 05

    Lighting Patterns: Broad vs. Short

    09:25
  6. 06

    Giving Your Light a Job

    12:08
  7. 07

    How to Create Separation

    06:58
  8. 08

    Shoot: Putting it All Together

    08:35
  9. 09

    Developing the Raw for Low-Key

    12:40
  10. 10

    Enhance with Local Adjustments in Lightroom

    12:31
  11. 11

    Creating Different Interpretations in Lightroom

    16:19
  12. 12

    Clean Up Image in Photoshop

    09:11
  13. 13

    Dodge and Burn in Photoshop

    11:00
  14. 14

    Liquify in Photoshop

    09:41
  15. 15

    Adjust Color and Contrast in Photoshop

    11:18

Meet Your Expert

Chris Knight

Chris Knight was born in Wiesbaden, Germany and grew up in Florida. He combines his unconditional love of art history with his love of technology, topping it off with a flare for the cinematic and an uncompromising eye for light and detail ... read more

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  • Brenda Pollock Smith

    Brenda Pollock Smith

    March 2019

    Thank you Chris Knight and Creative Live for another excellent class. I appreciate both the actual shooting and post instruction. Right before your eyes you will see how simple applications of light, shadow combined with post production can create gorgeous, dark images. Chris has a great relaxed manner, easy to follow while offering a ton of tips and tricks. I can hardly wait to try my hand at producing some hauntingly beautiful images like Chris.

  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    May 2019

    I don't have a ton of time to spare and largely catch segments of courses on short breaks. One of the things i like best about this course Chris's ability to communicate so effectively and efficiently. He covers a lot of ground in not a lot of time, but the course doesn't feel at all rushed. He's just a good speaker/instructor. One of the other reviewers mentioned that this instructor brings no ego to the stage, and I have to agree. He's a confident and competent instructor without being obnoxious. Rock solid course with terrific instruction. I will definitely check out more of Knight's classes.

  • jos riv

    jos riv

    May 2017

    The detail and order in which the information for this class was presented was just perfect. It was like a perfectly prepared meal with each bite more delicious than the last. It had exactly what I needed to move forward with some of my techniques. So glad to have the class so I can enjoy/learn over and over.

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