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One Light Wonder

with Clay Patrick McBride

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About The Class

Create Dynamic Portraits with Minimal Effort

We only have one sun, so why should we need more than one light? In this course, celebrity portrait photographer Clay Patrick McBride will dive into lighting with intention. Through a variety of live shoots, he’ll demonstrate how to incorporate lighting diagrams into your workflow so you can create setups that you can use again and again.

He’ll cover:

  • How to control your light
  • Creating hard or soft light
  • The importance of documenting your setups
  • Sculpting with Light
  • Removing and creating shadows with intention

By the end of this class, you will be able to create incredible images with confidence and the use of only one light.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    13:35
  2. 02

    The Inverse Square Law

    06:24
  3. 03

    Shoot: One Light, Single Subject

    20:44
  4. 04

    Shoot: Group Photo

    14:48
  5. 05

    Shoot: Group with Diffusion

    29:06
  6. 06

    Lighting Diagrams

    14:48
  7. 07

    Strobox Demo with Chris Coe

    05:25
  8. 08

    Softbox Set Up #1: Overhead Drama

    13:33
  9. 09

    Softbox Set Up #2: Beauty Box

    09:37
  10. 10

    Softbox Set Up #3: Backlight

    07:40
  11. 11

    Softbox Set Up #4: Backlit Silhouette

    10:00
  12. 12

    Creating a One Light Playbook

    13:02
  13. 13

    Shoot: Bare Beauty Dish

    14:47
  14. 14

    Shoot: Stripbank

    07:12
  15. 15

    Shoot: Magnum Reflector

    11:18
  16. 16

    Shoot: Grids

    11:21
  17. 17

    Shoot: Beauty Dish with Sock

    08:50
  18. 18

    Introducing Multiple Lights

    10:47
  19. 19

    Shoot: Clamshell

    17:10
  20. 20

    Shoot: Softbox & Beauty Dish - Main/Fill Lights

    27:02
  21. 21

    Shoot: Softbox, Edge Lights/Striplights, and V Flats

    30:45

Meet Your Expert

Clay Patrick McBride

McBride’s portraits of top athletes and musicians such as LeBron James, Allen Iverson, Metallica, Norah Jones, Jay Z, and Kanye West have appeared in countless magazines, among them Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated and NY Magazine. His commercial work includes dozens of album covers for Sony, Blue Note and Atlantic Records, as well as print campaigns for Pontiac, Boost Mobile and Nike.  ... read more

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  • pdf One Light Wonder Keynote
  • pdf One Light Wonder Lighting Diagrams

92% of students recommend this class.
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  • KIS Photography

    KIS Photography

    August 2017

    WOW! I was getting ready to go to bed, when I saw this class last night as I was perusing the classes available. Got the notification that it was playing, so I thought I'd check it out for a minute or two. Well, once I turned it on, I couldn't turn it off! As someone who has shot musicians on stage since I was 16, I've recently been interested in shooting portraits of them, so Clay instantly intrigued me! The more I watched, the more I couldn't shut it off, and I stayed up til 5:30 in the morning to finish the course (financial issues, so I can't afford the class right now) This class is amazing! I love Clay's teaching style, his willingness to step outside the box and play by his own rules, and his lighting is awesome! As soon as it is possible, I WILL be purchasing this class! Loved it! Thanks again CreativeLive for introducing me to yet another outstanding photographer to learn from!

  • Jason Darr

    August 2017

    I absolutely loved this. Great instruction, great content and very inspiring demonstrations. I'd highly recommend this course

  • Gene Tolan

    Gene Tolan

    October 2017

    Awesome intro to lighting. I love Clay's teaching style and his personality infused presentation was a pleasure. I highly recommend this course.

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