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The Starter Portrait Studio: One Light, One Reflector

with Chris Knight

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  •   02 Directing the Eye

    03:27
  •   03 Light: Hard, Soft and In-Between

    12:11

Class duration: 1h 28m

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About The Class

Mastering one light portraiture

Masterful light isn’t necessarily about being complicated or having huge setups…it’s about control. In this class, Chris Knight shares some of his favorite ways to shape one light to achieve stunning results from some classic techniques as well as some surprising new ones. Learn to make light work for you to create your vision in the simplest ways possible and make your images come to life.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction: What are you going to learn?

    03:16
  2. 02

    Directing the Eye

    03:27
  3. 03

    Light: Hard, Soft and In-Between

    12:11
  4. 04

    Shoot: Controlling and Shaping Light

    08:14
  5. 05

    Shoot: Position of Light

    08:22
  6. 06

    Shoot: Distance From Background

    03:11
  7. 07

    Shoot: Contrast

    31:01
  8. 08

    Shoot: In-Studio Lighting Demos

    18:19

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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85% of students recommend this class.
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  • JennMercille

    JennMercille

    April 2018

    You can never learn enough about light. I loved this class! I recently downsized from a huge studio with multiple strobes and every kind of modifier, to a small home space with one large window and a few reflectors. This class was very informative and helpful with that transition. Chris Knight is an interesting and very knowledgeable instructor, and he was a joy to watch. I highly recommend this course!

  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    April 2018

    Chris's style was excellent straight to the point, I picked up what he was putting down and at the end, I loved seeing all of the different looks I could get from one light. This is my kind of tuition. To the point, full of great info, rehashed at the end. More like this, please.

  • Sébastien Nunes

    Sébastien Nunes

    January 2018

    Very instructive and the teacher explains very well and very clearly his point. Short course and perfect to have the hands-on quickly.

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