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One-Light Portrait Photography

with Dan Brouillette

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    03:11
  •   02 One-Light Basic Fundamentals

    09:53

Class duration: 1h 12m

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About The Class

Simple Gear, great portraits

It's amazing what you can create with just one studio strobe. Editorial and Award-Winning photographer Dan Brouillette shows how to get amazing and different lighting with the simplest of gear. Whether on-location, or in the studio, he'll use one-light in a variety of different ways to create everything from soft and pretty looks to hard, edgy portraits. While taking advantage of a number of different lighting modifiers, and utilizing just one strobe- you'll have a strong studio on the go for your portrait photography. 

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    03:11
  2. 02

    One-Light Basic Fundamentals

    09:53
  3. 03

    Shoot: Create a Dramatic Look

    12:14
  4. 04

    Shoot: With the Background in Mind

    06:57
  5. 05

    Shoot: Short vs Broad Lighting

    03:09
  6. 06

    Shoot: Use Soft Light to Create an Flattering Look

    08:36
  7. 07

    Shoot: Create an Everyday Portrait Look

    10:45
  8. 08

    Shoot: Reflectors to Add Extra Pop

    02:39
  9. 09

    Shoot: Beauty Dish With Grid

    04:45
  10. 10

    Concluding Thoughts

    10:07

Meet Your Expert

Dan Brouillette

Dan Brouillette is a commercial, editorial and senior photographer based out of Omaha, Nebraska. Dan uses specialized lighting and posing techniques to create cinematic images for his senior clients that are unlike anything in the industry. After working as a lighting tech in New York City, spending his time lighting sets for celebrity and editorial shoots ... read more

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  • Ryan Redmond

    April 2019

    I have mixed feelings on this one. I would still recommend it because the theory and explanations are solid and he gave a wide array of examples that show you the incredibly broad spectrum of results you can get with a given light just by changing distance and position. Having that general understanding of the fundamentals will be very useful. I'm a little bummed that he's using thousands of dollars in lighting for something that felt like it was promoted as an introduction or fundamentals class. I am a hobbyist and I am using speedlight and small softbox or umbrella combos that cost under $100, not 500 watt strobes in 60" softboxes or $1500 strobe and beauty dish combos. It would have been nice to see some examples with more basic equipment. I know the concepts will scale with some practice though, so the class was certainly still valuable.

  • Omar Costa

    March 2018

    Very nicely explained! Thank you for all the tips!

  • A.C. Photog

    May 2018

    If you are beginner, this class is for you. It would help you understand different lights and modifiers.

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