Wedding Photography: Searching for the Light, with Cliff Mautner

This class will teach you to do the one thing that will make you the wedding photographer of recognition in your own location - be the person who takes as many different pictures as possible in the fastest time possible, in the most interesting places possible, that are beautifully lit and different from what everyone else does.

In a perfect world, wedding photographers would have an unlimited amount of time to capture the perfect wedding photo with the perfect light for their clients. In reality, the time is fleeting and the light is whatever’s available – but, if you ask your client for a little of their time up front, you have a unique opportunity. Join renowned wedding photographer Cliff Mautner on location as he shares his personal tips and tricks in some offbeat places he discovered over the years for its light. This class will teach you to do the one thing that will make you the wedding photographer of recognition in your own location – be the person who takes as many different pictures as possible in the fastest time possible, in the most interesting places possible, that are beautifully lit and different from what everyone else does. Warning: This class contains no gazebos or rose gardens!

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Light Hunt (Duration 05:25)

Cliff goes on a light hunt through the streets of Philadelphia, looking for interesting light while giving you some insights on how he instinctively chooses his locations.

Lesson 2: Wanamaker Shoot (Duration 09:01)

In a narrow street near the Wanamaker Building, Cliff finds some brilliant light in an interesting location while showing you how he interacts with his clients.

Lesson 3: Angles and Architecture (Duration 07:23)

Using Philly's City Hall as his softbox, Cliff creates beautifully lit shots by simply changing his own angle.

Lesson 4: City Silhouettes (Duration 07:02)

While leaving City Hall, the light Cliff sees presents an opportunity for him to create a silhouette on a busy city street.

Lesson 5: Tunnel of Love (Duration 07:20)

Cliff shows you how thinking outside the norm will produce shots that your clients, and their families will absolutely love.

Lesson 6: In a Park, on a Hill (Duration 11:45)

Cliff continues his light hunt, while sharing more insights on the creative thought process that keeps his vision fresh.

Lesson 7: Driving to the Light (Duration 08:24)

Cliff illustrates the fast-paced thinking/searching he performs on shoots with clients by seeing light, driving to it, and creating his shot once he reaches it.

Lesson 8: Ever-Changing Light (Duration 10:21)

As the light changes quickly, Cliff works to capture as many different shots as possible by shooting directly into the light, trying some different angles, and using a near-by archway to block some light.

Lesson 9: Prisoners of Love (Duration 11:48)

Cliff travels to the now-defunct Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia to demonstrate how the texture and mood created by this location's light juxtaposes the subject.

Lesson 10: Final Advice (Duration 01:47)

Cliff's final advice will help you put these ideas to use in a way that suits your clients best. Thanks for watching Searching for the Light.

Meet Your Instructor: Cliff Mautner

Recognized by WPPI as "one of the top photographers and educators in the world," Cliff Mautner's 28-year career in photography includes 15 years and 6000 assignments as a photojournalist with…

11 Comments

  1. I have watched Cliff's videos before when I first joined Kelby Training and really admired his style. After having been shooting for about 6 more months, I watched this video again and it made much more of an impact. I really appreciate how he talks about what he is seeing and how he is getting to his finished photographs.

  2. This is very good and learned a lot. Still I don't like the settings at the highway tunnel. I am in London and I won't do this mainly for three reasons; Firstly It is full of air pollution and don't want to ruin the day for the couple, secondly it is really dangerous and thirdly if in London we will end up in a police station. Bad, bad example for the kids with DSLRs. So where next.... Occupy Wall St?

  3. Absolutely superb cliff, many thanks to you,Amber and Pete. I use these videos as keynotes for my weddings! i have had so much more fun out of every shoot i do since watching you all, Just one thing though Cliff, as i live in england can you explain what the light source is you are using outside1 Is that a giant flash in the sky?. Hey you guys should come over a make a film about shooting in grey cloud, bet it would still be great!

  4. This is a really great course! His instruction is simple and yet incredibly helpful. I like how he talks us through the settings and how he executes it. The process and constant reminder to expose well and to look at your scene was drilled home. Thanks!

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