Lightpainting Grand Landscapes By Dave Black

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In the third segment of his popular Lightpainting series, Dave Black is out on location in the amazing Grand Teton National Park. Learn how to lightpaint entire landscapes that can include everything from man-made structures to flowing waterways and majestic vistas! Dave teaches you about the gear that you’ll need, how to find the optimal camera settings for your situation, the importance of doing a daytime site survey, and all along the way he shares tips and tricks that he has learned from over a decade of lightpainting.

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Join Dave on location in Grand Tetons National Park as he goes over the concepts that will be covered in this class.
From cameras to tripods to light sources, Dave covers it all.
Scouting your location in the daylight hours is helpful for looking for shooting angles, safety concerns, and getting yourself set up for a successful night time shoot.
With the sun having set, Dave is at the Moulton Barns on Mormon Row with the Teton range in the background getting set up for the first lightpainting.
Learn how to perform Dave's soft focus lightpainting technique.
A new location requires a new daytime site survey.
Every location brings its own set of characteristics, challenges, and beauty.
Schwabacher landing is along a waterway and includes a lot of obstacles to scout out and prepare for along with finding the best angles for your shoot.
Using a water element offers amazing opportunities for including reflections in your lightpainting.
There are a number of great vantage points along Schwabacher Landing and Dave has moved to a new location for a different lightpainting.
A little further down the river Dave has set up for the final shoot of the class, a little soft focus technique, and some closing thoughts about the process.
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Dave Black


As a freelance photographer for over 30 years Dave's work has primarily centered on the sports industry for such publications as Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek and the award winning TV show Sports Century on ESPN. The list of event coverage includes the Masters, Kentucky Derby, National Football League, NASCAR and extensive work regar...

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    Wow! Thank you for this course. It was really inspiring. You are a great photographer and a great teacher!
    It was fun and your passion and enthusiasm really came through!
    Best regards,
    Steve Walesch

  2. Profile photo of judebaker judebaker

    Dave, Your class was great! What made it special for me was, even though you have been doing this type of photography for over 13 years, your excitement over the pictures you were creating. Great information but more important than that, your passion! Thanks again.

  3. Profile photo of cedcampbell cedcampbell

    Love Dave Black’s style, techniques, and humor. So far I think he is my favorite. I have experimented with a little light painting on my own, but Dave gave me a lot of new ways to look at it. He answered a lot of questions I had floating in my head. I really liked the last setting with the water reflections involved. Well done! —- Yes, please post my feedback


    Loved the course. So much so that I invested about $800 in some equipment and am going to give it a try in lovely Prince Edward Island this September. I have a cottage there.

    I do have one question – what is the idea behind the large triangle effect??

  5. Profile photo of aogilvie aogilvie

    Well done, I learned a lot. Thanks! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  6. Profile photo of Ross Ross

    I really learned a great deal about light painting in this class, particularly when it comes to large subjects. I’ve been able to use what I learned in practice and while there is still a lot of work to do, I’m very happy with the progress I am making as a result of this class. Dave should get bonused by Brinkmann, since everyone I have recommended this class to, has done as I have and bought at least one Brinkmann lamp. Dave Black is a wonderful instructor, personable and knowledgeable. A pleasure to learn from.
    —- Yes, please post my feedback

  7. Profile photo of Steve27 Steve27

    Absolutely more amazing skills and technique. I have watched all of Dave’s work and it is all amazing. But the landscape light painting is intense. Once again, thanks Dave for what you have presented in this class! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  8. Profile photo of Cheryl Walker Cheryl Walker

    Absolutely fantastic course! Dave Black’s excitement about light painting is contagious! I can’t wait to go out and try light painting landscapes! Thanks Kelbytraining and Dave Black for this delightfully educational course! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  9. Profile photo of 804307 804307

    A whole new idea about night shots for me. Enjoyed it all, including the banjo. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  10. Profile photo of Lisa Lisa

    Loved, loved, loved this. Dave Black made this so much fun! Really enjoyed his fun since of humor. Thank you. I hope you do more of these, Dave! Would love to follow you around to learn more in person. You are great! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  11. Profile photo of Benoit Jansen-Reynaud Benoit Jansen-Reynaud

    Fantastic, loved it… —- Yes, please post my feedback

  12. Profile photo of ta4evr ta4evr

    Love Dave Black! Great job, looks like lots of fun. Can’t wait to go out and give it a try! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  13. Profile photo of gpauwen gpauwen

    Superb class ! One thing to add is that you could take different shots and manually blend them together in PS, for more control over different areas. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  14. Profile photo of starfury starfury

    Great Course! Easy to follow and understand.
    The kinda repetetiveness helps getting the knowledge into mind without any further effort. ;-) —- Yes, please post my feedback

  15. Profile photo of mreioval mreioval

    Scott K. had to have a big old s*** eating grin when he saw this video the 1st time. ;-) This is high quality and fabulous. I cannot recommend Dave’s work highly enough. I am loving his passion for teaching and shooting as well. Thank you, thank you, thank you! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  16. Profile photo of Gary Gary

    Dave is the man!!! This was just the most awesome night photography I’ve ever seen. Can’t wait to survey some areas for “Light Painting”! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  17. Profile photo of giulioz giulioz

    As a nature photographer, I really loved this course. Simple, clear and inspiring! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  18. Profile photo of Sundra Tanakoh Sundra Tanakoh

    Well done Mr. Black! Everything was so crystal clear and it was cool to see you get so excited after the first few shots. All of the final results were awesome!! Thanks for three great classes!!!! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  19. Profile photo of Todd Higgins Todd Higgins

    This was so much fun . Can’t wait to get out and try it my self! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  20. Profile photo of Paul Biederman Paul Biederman

    Photographic artistry, inspirational, technologically sophisticated and fun. I really enjoyed the real time artistic development of your creative images including your enthusiasm. Thank you. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  21. Profile photo of abadenhorst abadenhorst

    Very well done Dave, thank you so much. love your way of teaching!
    Greetings from Switzerland. —- No, I’d keep it between us

  22. Profile photo of meredithmz meredithmz

    Can’t wait to go back to Jackson hole this summer. Went last June and I loved it. I took pictures of this old barn at about 6 in the morning and there were allot of photographers there as well that morning. And the Buff are every where along the barn.

  23. Profile photo of BSHOVELSR BSHOVELSR

    Absolutely AWESOME. The enthusiasm/Passion Dave displays in his training is so inspirational that I’ve got to grab my gear and get headed. I shoot automobiles and have already lined up my first lightpainting try, so thanks Dave and I’m really going to put attending one of your workshops at the top of my MUST DO list. Thanks to Kelby Training for making this possible.
    Paul Lovell —- Yes, please post my feedback

  24. Profile photo of Mike Orr Mike Orr

    Dave Black did an excellent job explaining and demonstrating what ‘light painting’ involves and how to do it. I am ready to try something new. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  25. Profile photo of Michael_L Michael_L

    Love the Dave Black videos! Great energy and enthusiasm he brings with teaching. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  26. Profile photo of Stephen Stephen

    Well, welcome to Kelby Training (in his best John Wayne)! An informational cornucopia of lightpainting. Dave is getting better all the time. Great stuff, love the searchlight holsters. You’d better draw, or you’ll be sucking photons! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  27. Profile photo of Ronald Blair Ronald Blair

    Dave is such a great instructor. It’s so much fun to see someone who truly enjoys his work and gets excited about his photography. I’ll be trying this out in the future. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  28. Profile photo of Doug Dillon Doug Dillon

    That was a terrific lesson. I had watched the other two Dave Black light painting videos but this one inspired me to go back and watch again. As was already stated, I love to watch Dave’s excitement over what he’s doing. He does such a great job explaining about ways of light painting I never even considered. I’ve thought about shots I’ve lit or shot using HDR but this brings a whole other way of doing things. I can’t wait to try some of this out. Thanks for providing this series of training. Great subject and excellent instruction. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  29. Profile photo of Jan Ruthig Jan Ruthig

    Very fun video and presenter! I HAVE to try this after watching Dave. It is truly amazing and exciting and also challenging! Thanks for this AMAZING series!!! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  30. Profile photo of lrnlvr0126 lrnlvr0126

    I’m a new fan of Dave! I love the humor of Joe Mcnally, but Dave has me giggling every time he does his rapid clicking of his torch, and every time he does his cowboy introduction. Would love to buy these guys a beer. Keep up the good work and very inspiring work! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  31. Profile photo of Sanjib Karmakar Sanjib Karmakar

    Dave thanks a lot for sharing your unique technique with us. I have followed your previous two tutorials. This one completes the total area Still Life, Model and now Landscape. I am from India, and in India I have learned first about the Light Painting but how this technique can be used for other fields that I came to know from your tutorial. I think your kelbytraining courses could not have been completed without this class. Thanks again for the education on this field. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  32. Profile photo of SergeAMH SergeAMH

    As usual for Dave Black and Kelby Training, a great course! It was not only really fun to watch it and learn from it, but the end results of the pictures was beautiful. Outstanding. Thank you Kelby Training and thank you Dave Black. I wish Dave Black had a Facebook Page to Like! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  33. Profile photo of Bruce Anthony Bruce Anthony

    Dave’s approach to light painting is so unique I have to experiment with it
    Thanks Dave ,Thanks Scott

  34. Profile photo of chuckriley chuckriley

    Another home run by Dave Black. Pure awesomeness. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    I greatly enjoyed this class. Although I have never tried lightpainting, I find the results intriguing. Dave Black is a master at explaining. Also, it is refreshing to see an instructor as excited as he is by what he is doing. I’ve seen all three of his videos on lightpainting and each is terrific.

    Another aspect that is fantastic about this class is that he went to such interesting and recognizable places for his shots. This would be something that would make other classes extra special if they were presented in recognizable photography spots like this class was. Kelby Training is sincere in helping photographers the best way they can. I have learned so much from being a member. Thanks so much for your efforts and the efforts of your wonderful instructors. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  36. Profile photo of mtwaggin mtwaggin

    I will be going back to his other light painting courses. I absolutely LOVE how excited he gets when he gets a great shot and I also appreciate how he gives great commentary and clear directions on what he is doing and why! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  37. Profile photo of Randy124 Randy124

    0utstanding video. Dave opens up a new way to photograph landscapes. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  38. Profile photo of Reginald Westly Reginald Westly

    Excellent series… now I need to get and see what i can do! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  39. Profile photo of Rob Turner Rob Turner

    Excellent job! Very informative, and highly motivating. The results are stunning. Thank you. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  40. Profile photo of Rachel Melton Rachel Melton

    Absolutely great course! It was very fun to learn from Dave – I enjoyed every bit of it. Although I had tried a little light painting before, I had never experienced it on the scale that he introduced. I can’t wait to get started practicing it. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  41. Profile photo of PMGrambo PMGrambo

    What a fantastic class. I am really amazed that it’s possible to light up so vast areas sufficiently with a couple of torches. And the end result is just breathtaking. I can’t wait to go out to put my new knowledge to practice. A truly inspiring class, this one. Just brilliant… —- Yes, please post my feedback

  42. Profile photo of marshallphotoarts marshallphotoarts

    It is great to learn from Dave. He is the worlds oldest child. Every exposure is like Christmas morning. As it should be. I love it. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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