Lighting techniques for photographers

Lighting Techniques for Photographers

Duration: 18 hours

Teaching Methodolody: Theory & Hands on

OBJECTIVES

This course teaches photographers how to use lighting tools to capture professional images.

DESCRIPTION

In this course, students learn how to create a truly original system for understanding and controlling light in photography.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

After a successful completion of this course the students will learn:

  1. 1. How light works.
  2. 2. About the five key behaviors of light.
  3. 3. About the benchmark test and helper lights.
  4. 4. How to use flash lights.
  5. 5. Excute their lighting vision.

LOGISTICS

  1. 1. a Single lens reflex 24 x 36mm (SLR).camera or a digital camera DSLR
  2. 2. a Zoom lens (28x80mm)
  3. 3. a tripod
  4. 4. a flash light
  5. 5. Professional lighting systems will be provided by ETC
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COURSE CONTENTS

01 - PRIORITIZE A LIGHTING VISION OVER A LIGHTING STYLE

  • Lighting Vision
  • Lighting Style
  • The Potential That Light Has on a Photograph

02 - HOW LIGHT WORKS

  • How the Eye Sees Color
  • All Light Behaves the Same Way

03 -THE FIVE KEY BEHAVIORS OF LIGHT

  • Angle Behavior
  • Inverse Square Behavior
  • Light Intensity
  • Light Falloff
  • Size Behavior
  • Visual Explanation
  • Color Behavior
  • Scatter Behavior

04 - INTRODUCTION TO THE CIRCUMSTANTIAL LIGHT ELEMENTS

  • The Top 10 Circumstantial Light Element (CLE)
  • Gaining the Most from the Top 10 Circumstantial Light Elements
  • The Glow Zone

05 - EXPLORING THE 10 CURCUMSTANTIAL LIGHT ELEMENTS

  • Analyzing Locations for Light Behaviors and Circumstantial Light Elements

06 - IMPLEMENTING CIRCUMSTANTIAL LIGHT

  • Understanding the How and the Why of Circumstantial Light
  • The Shooting-Toward-the-Shadow Technique
  • Fill Window Light Versus Direct Windows Light
  • The Importance of the Lighting Reference Point
  • Working in Direct Sunlight without Any Light Modifiers
  • A closer Look at Reflection Versus Absorption with Circumstantial Light
  • Open Shade Done the Right Way

07 - THE LIGHTING BENCHMARK TEST

  • Adjusting the Light to Fit the Camera Settings, Instead of Adjusting the Camera Settings to Fit the Light
  • The Lighting Benchmark Test: The Turning Point in My Career
  • Lighting Benchmark Chart
  • Understanding the Lighting Benchmark Chart
  • Lighting Benchmark Scenarios
  • Failing the Lighting Benchmark Test
  • Passing the Lighting Benchmark Test
  • Rotating the Subject’s Head Toward the Brightest Circumstantial Light Element in the Scene
  • Moving the Subject toward Higher Intensity Light to Achieve the Lighting Benchmark

08 - HELPER LIGHT: REFLECTOR TECHNIQUES

  • Not All Reflectors Are Equal
  • Direct Reflection Versus Diffused Reflection
  • Direct Reflection
  • Diffused Reflection
  • Direct Reflection Techniques
  • Time the Eyes
  • Increase the Distance to Soften the Effects of Direct Reflection
  • Concave Versus Convex Bending Techniques
  • Diffused Reflection Techniques
  • Use the White Side of the Reflector at Close Proximity
  • Modify Your Reflector to Produce Diffused Reflection
  • Advanced Reflector Techniques for Portraiture
  • Reflecting Light Toward the Sun
  • Reflecting Light Away from the Sun

09 - HELPER LIGHT: DIFFUSER TECHNIQUES

  • No Diffuser Outside
  • No Diffuser Inside
  • Using a Diffuser as a Clean Background
  • Advanced Diffuser Techniques for Portraiture
  • No Diffuser Used
  • Diffuser Not Pointed Toward the Sun, Further Away from Subject’s Head
  • Diffuser Not Tilted Toward the Sun, Closer to Subject’s Head
  • Diffuser Tilted Toward the Sun, Further Away from Subject’s Head
  • Diffuser Tilted Toward the Sun, Closer to the Subject’s Head
  • Diffuse and Light

10 - UNDERSTANDING THE KEY CAPABILITIES AND FUNCTION OF YOUR FLASH

  • Simplified Flash Terminology and Key Features
  • TTL
  • FEC
  • E-TTL and E-TTL II
  • Manual Flash (M)
  • First Curtain Sync
  • Second Curtain Sync
  • High-Speed Sync
  • Flash Zoom
  • Off-Camera Wireless Flash
  • What Is a Master or Command Flash?
  • What Is a Slave Flash?
  • What Is a Channel?
  • What Is a Group?
  • What Are Flash Ratio?
  • What Is the Difference Between Radio and Optical Transmission?

11 - SPEED DEVELOPMENT EXERCISES FOR FLASH

  • On-Camera Flash Speed Development Exercises
  • Making Sure the Flash In on TTL with Zero FEC Applied
  • Making Sure the Flash In on TTL with -2 FEC Applied
  • Making Sure the Flash In on TTL with +3 FEC Applied
  • Switching Between TTL and Manual Modes
  • Switching to Manual Mode at Full Power (or 1/1)
  • Manual Mode at ¼ Power, Then 1/32 Power, Then 1/128 Power
  • Changing the Flash to Second Curtain Sync
  • Changing the Flash Back to First Curtain Synz
  • Activating High-Speed Sync
  • Zooming the Flash
  • Combining Different Features #1
  • Combining Different Features #2
  • Combining Different Features #3
  • Off-Camera Wireless Flash Speed Development Exercises
  • Setting One Flash as the Master and the Other as a Slave
  • Assigning the Slave Flash to a Different Group
  • Changing the Channel and Group
  • Changing the Slave Flash to Manual Mode and Stopping the Master Flash from Firing
  • Activating Off-Camera High-Speed Sync Flash
  • Working with Two Slave Flashes
  • Setting Each Slave Flash with a Different Group So They Can Be Controlled Separately
  • Mixing Modes: Setting Slave Flash Group A to Operate in TTL Mode and Slave Flash Group B to Operate in Manual Mode
  • Working with Three Slave Flashes Assigned to Three Different Groups (A, B, and C)

12 - HELPER LIGHT: BOOSTING AVAILABLE LIGHT WITH FLASH

  • A Few Examples of the Value Flash Can Add to Your Work
  • Wedding Photo with Flash
  • Boudoir Photo with Flash
  • Indoor Moody Portrait with Flash
  • Flash as Helper Light to Boost Weak Natural Light
  • A Progression of Light
  • Changing the Shape and Relative Size of a Single Diffuser
  • Flash Closer or Further Away from the Diffuser
  • Short Side and Long Side of a Diffuser
  • Giving Window Light a Boost

13 - ADVANCED FLASH TECHNIQUES

  • Creating Separation between the Subject and Background Through Lighting
  • Retaining the Integrity of the Mood with Flash
  • Controlled Light (Removing All Ambient Light)
  • Creating Clean Silhouettes Using Flash
  • Creating Graphic Interest with Shadows Created by Flash
  • Creating a Low-Contrast, Dreamy, Hazy Effect Using Flash

14 - PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

  • My Thought Process Regarding Light
  • Lighting Case Studies
  • Case Study 1: Helper Light (Flash)
  • Case Study 2: Helper Light (Reflector)
  • Case Study 3: Circumstantial Light Element
  • Case Study 4: Circumstantial Light Element
  • Case Study 5: Circumstantial Light Element
  • Case Study 6: Circumstantial Light Element
  • Case Study 7: Helper Light (Video Light)
  • Case Study 8: Helper Light (Flash)
  • Case Study 9: Helper Light (Reflector)
  • Case Study 10: Helper Light (Flash)
  • Case Study 11: Helper Light (Video Light)
  • Case Study 12: Helper Light (Flash)
  • Case Study 13: Circumstantial Light Element
  • Case Study 14: Helper Light (Diffuser and Flash)