Online Photography Lighting Setup Course
Planning a photo shoot can be challenging as you struggle to properly prepare while keeping the artistic juices flowing. In this online photography lighting course, you'll focus on the planning and preparation that lead to the successful execution of a photo shoot. You will develop a thorough understanding of different types of lighting, both natural and artificial, and learn how to work within varied shooting conditions. Working with a photography pro, you'll explore ways to effectively stage and style photographs to achieve your desired effect.
Learn how to stage and light your photoshoots like a pro
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Stretch your skills, grow your portfolio
Learn at Your Own Pace
Self-paced and scheduled programs available
1 - Before You Shoot: Planning for Success
Our job as photographers is to blend smooth execution with a creative product. In this first lesson, I'll provide an overview of the logistical preparations you'll need for any photo shoot: how to plan and what to pack. We'll also begin our exploration of lighting setups by looking at how to work with natural light.
2 - In The Studio: Continuous Lighting and Single Light Setups
In this lesson, you'll learn your way around a typical photography studio. We'll look at common lighting equipment used in studios and discuss ways to create your own studio affordably. We'll also focus on creating artificial lighting using simple light set ups.
3 - Using Strobes, Shooting Tethered, and Advanced Lighting
In this lesson, you'll investigate how to use strobe lighting and shoot tethered. By the end of the lesson, we'll be ready to look at some more complicated lighting setups: including loop lighting, backlighting, side lighting, and Rembrandt lighting. You'll have the tools to tackle sophisticated lighting schemes for portrait shoots.
4 - Shooting On Location with Strobes and Off-Camera Flash
Shooting on location can refer to either an indoor or outdoor shoot, as long as you are shooting in an environment. Certain shoot locations are simple; you pack and set up as you would in your studio. What do you do if your location doesn't have power or if your location is outside? You use battery packs, generators, or Off-Camera Flash units, as we'll discover in this lesson.
5 - Assistant Crew and Specialized Lighting
In this lecture, you'll learn how to work with various on-set crew members. Working with other pros such as second shooters, photographer's assistants, and digital technicians can help you achieve your project goals. We'll also continue our exploration of lighting techniques with a look at Avedon lighting, high and low key photography, and reflective objects.
6 - Professional Crew and Shooting in the Dark
This week, we will examine the people who make the magic happen in front of the camera: models, hair stylists, make up artists (MUAs), and prop stylists. Props are something every photographer should master, so we'll discuss the value of good props and conclude our examination of lighting techniques with a peek at the fun technique of light painting.
Students in this course can expect to learn to:
- Plan a photo shoot that requires some coordination and requires human or animal subjects.
- Scout a location and adapt your planning accordingly.
- Utilize lighting modifiers to compensate for issues in ambient and natural light.
- Plan in-studio photo shoots that require continuous lighting and light modifiers.
- Utilize one and two light setups that combine continuous lighting and light modifiers.
- Research and analyze professional examples of photographic lighting.
- Shoot tethered, conducting on-the-spot image edits and file management.
- Conduct a successful outside photo shoot with artificial lighting, on location without power.
- Utilize OCF, studio strobes, or continuous lighting with a generator on location.
- Plan and execute one or more photo shoots with advanced lighting techniques .
- Present a polished portfolio of 5-7 images for a prospective client.
Interested in this course? Scheduled enrollment options are available. Ask Admissions about taking this course as part of a degree or certificate program.
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3-credit course, 15 week
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|* Registration fees are nonrefundable after 5 days from enrollment. All tuition includes a digital materials fee for updates to course or program content.
Software and Supplies
To take this course you'll need:
- Computer with Internet connection.
- A digital camera with manual control over aperture, shutter speed, ISO and white balance.
- A range of lighting setups are discussed in the course. Students can choose professional or DIY techniques.
Course developed by Felicia Kieselhorst
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