Lightpainting: Illuminating Models By Dave Black

1 hr 17 min
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Dave Black follows up his popular lightpainting class, Painting With Light: A Unique Approach, with 8 new lessons on how to lightpaint live models. He’ll show you all the gear you need and all the steps required to create lightpainted photographs that are truly out of this world. Lightpainting posed models comes with its own unique challenges and Dave teaches you how to keep your models engaged and comfortable so you can avoid common mistakes and go on to create stunning one of a kind photographs.

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Join Dave as he goes over the flow of the class, as well as the gear he will be using.
This process involves a lot of experimentation to get everything illuminated the way you want as you learn from your previous efforts. It is important to ensure your model is comfortable and understands the need to remain perfectly still throughout the exposure.
Dave continues working with Brittany to achieve a single exposure lightpainting that has all the elements illuminated to perfection. He'll then move on to introducing the concept of soft focus light painting.
Wrapping up the shoot with Brittany, Dave demonstrates some common lightpainting mistakes and discusses how to avoid them.
Dave takes things up a notch with a lightpainting of a rock musician in a warehouse setting. With a larger scene and more elements to light, a longer exposure time is required to get everything illuminated.
Continued experimentation with lightpainting the scene allows you to see what happens as you try different things and work toward to the final exposure.
The final location takes you inside an auto body shop for a lightpainting on location with a live model and an antique Chevy Deluxe.
Continuing with the auto body shot, Dave introduces a new character that adds new life to the image.
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Meet your instructor

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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  1. Profile photo of Roscoe2012 Roscoe2012

    Dave Black passion is infectious. See the excitement that he has with his photography and the attention to the smallest detail, has me working on light paining weekly. Hope to meet him in person one day, a real working hero.

  2. Profile photo of Steve27 Steve27

    I have always been amazed at how beautiful light painting is, and with Dave’s techniques and expertise one can appreciate the extraordinary results. I have learned a lot from this class. Thanks, Dave. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  3. Profile photo of lucienr lucienr

    Interesting course ! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of mr78pete mr78pete

    I had done light painting once for a class project but not to the extent that Dave has shown. He is an very good teacher, not just an instructor. One of the most important things about Dave he brings the lesson down to you. I love his teaching method and he seems to have fun as well. Dave is by far my favorite Kelby Training instructor. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  5. Profile photo of Jorge Dengo Jorge Dengo

    Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Enjoyed every second of this. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  6. Profile photo of evlens56 evlens56

    A great series! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  7. Profile photo of cruzthebird cruzthebird

    Which Stylus pen is it? they have a couple on the site… I want to make sure I get the right one.. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  8. Profile photo of PeterBey PeterBey

    Hey Dave, excellent class! Loved the car and all the thought that went into that shot from the location to props, from styling to makeup. Super. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Really wonderful explanation of equipment used, camera settings, what he is doing and why. Super class. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  10. Profile photo of Diane Schulman Diane Schulman

    Another amazing class. I enjoyed how excited Dave got when he was pleased with the photograph! I hope that they do a 3rd part with the landscape! Excellent class! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  11. Profile photo of Joan Carson Joan Carson

    So loved this course, …AMAZING. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  12. Profile photo of Fenderstrat Fenderstrat

    An excellent creative class, Dave Black is so enthusiastic! You could tell that he was really exited to see the results and couldn’t wait to have another go with the light painting!

    Dave proves that lightpainting can be used creatively on any subject, not just still life examples. I’ll certainly be using it on my band shoots in the future.

    Well done and thank you. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Dave Black is a natural teacher. He is friendly, funny and a natural in explaining himself. Also, he looks like he is having fun. Not too many of the photographers whose courses I’ve watched sincerely look like they are having fun.

    Because light painting does not require a lot of expensive equipment, I can see me trying this. Since Dave showed that getting a good result requires trial and error testing, I would not feel bad about making goofs. I hope there will be many more courses coming from him. He really connects with the student in an effective, non-condescending way. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  14. Profile photo of ahmed2255 ahmed2255

    This class alone is worth the membership fees to kelbytraining! not only was this helpful and full of amazing information and beautiful photography. but it really boosts your imagination and gets your creative juices flowing. unbelievable, thank you dave, and thank you kelby training! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  15. Profile photo of b.bakker b.bakker

    I thought the course was awesome, I really enjoyed the first one in the series and look forward to the third. I can’t get over what you can accomplish with a little LED flashlite. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  16. Profile photo of Ray Warren Ray Warren

    I have enjoyed many other classes and instructors on Kelby Training, but this one is my favorite. Dave Black’s enthusiasm is infectious and he knows his stuff. Loved it DB! Rock on. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  17. Profile photo of Gregory Gregory

    Wow, WOw, WOW!!!!!!!!!! I am off to buy some flashlights. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  18. Profile photo of tomclass09 tomclass09

    Excellent! Dave Black blends his pleasing personality with wit and knowledge to make a training video that is both entertaining and very educational. I can hardly wait to get started and put these lessons into practice. I’ll be shooting tonight! I hope he is back soon with his promised video on light painting landscapes.
    Tom Hughes —- Yes, please post my feedback

  19. Profile photo of Chuck Almarez Chuck Almarez

    Good job, Dave. Enjoyed the class. Great shot of the car/model, etc. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  20. Profile photo of Alain Robitaille Alain Robitaille

    Great course. Now, I have a better idea how to do it and it also gave me lots of new ideas.

    Cant wait for the third course on lightpainting

    Alain Montreal Canada —- Yes, please post my feedback

  21. Profile photo of 1328245 1328245

    Would you please go over the White Balance setting. Where to start —- No, I’d keep it between us

  22. Profile photo of Doug Dillon Doug Dillon

    Wow!!! That’s such a great course! Dave did such a good job with this! He went over each step so thoroughly! The results are simply unbelievable. I’ve done some light painting but nothing in this league. Some great ideas though. I plan to go back and try some again. Dave knocked it out of the ballpark with this one! Also my appreciation of the models in this. Having to stand as still as you can is pretty tough. They did a great job of that. Thanks again to Kelby Training!!! Another winner!!!! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  23. Profile photo of marshallphotoarts marshallphotoarts

    This was the BEST!!!!! Dave is a master and a great teacher. I love his vision and enthusiasm. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  24. Profile photo of Tano Tropia Tano Tropia

    Excellent. I wasn’t even interested in light painting. Can’t wait for the next part 3. Great presenter. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  25. Profile photo of mylovee2 mylovee2

    Great class. Learned a lot. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  26. Profile photo of Alex Racanelli Alex Racanelli

    Dave’s enthusiasm is quite infectious. I can’t wait to try this art form on my own. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  27. Profile photo of good0dog good0dog

    Excellant! Waiting for Part III !!! —- No, I’d keep it between us

  28. Profile photo of Martin Koppl Martin Koppl

    This one is soo great! Great Pictures, great Photographer – great Guy. I am very impressed. Can’t wait to see Part 3!! Kelbytraining is worth every Penny!!! Regards —- Yes, please post my feedback

  29. Profile photo of sewinghair sewinghair

    What a great tutorial————–love Dave’s enthusiasum,which is toatally understandable when you see the amazing results.

    J Whitehead. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  30. Profile photo of bluepitbull bluepitbull

    PLEASE DO ANOTHER LIGHT PAINTING WITH DAVE BLACK!!!! Would love to see an out door one with him and it would be AWESOME to see it in Colorado if you can. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  31. Profile photo of ilan69 ilan69

    1 of the Best !
    Thanks A lot.

    Ilan —- Yes, please post my feedback

  32. Profile photo of Ryan Burleson Ryan Burleson

    Very fun set of videos and the results even more so. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  33. Profile photo of sacredmusicnslt sacredmusicnslt

    Just a quick look at these courses absolutely amazes me ! Obviously the instructors really know their stuff ; and give clear explanations that are practical and user friendly . This is just the kind of information I would ask from a private instructor . J. Overton N.B. I am having some difficulty playing these videos through without the sound and picture freezing . Am using google chrome . Not sure if the problem is on my end ; such as a problem with GOOGLE CHROME or what . Videos seem to take a long time to load . Would be very grateful for any help you can offer . Thanks , Joan —- Yes, please post my feedback

  34. Profile photo of kaliafeh kaliafeh

    I tremendously loved this course. Jam packed with information, and the visual aspect was just amazing. And kudos to Dave Black. You can just tell he love to teach this subject and even more, love what he dose, and it shows in his lesson and the way he carries his self. Cant wait for part three —- Yes, please post my feedback

  35. Profile photo of nosaj2 nosaj2

    I can’t wait for part 3! Great job! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  36. Profile photo of Alexander Cordeiro Alexander Cordeiro

    This was amazing. Looking forward to see his third lightpainting class here on Kelby Training. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  37. Profile photo of JeanettFlynn JeanettFlynn

    LOVE it, LOVE it, LOVE it!!!! Yet another fantastic in-depth training opportunity for me to enjoy and learn from in the comfort of my home, hitting pause as often as I need to. You guys rock! Seriously. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  38. Profile photo of Julie Ray Julie Ray

    Wow! Great class! I love Dave Blacks enthusiasm. Really great stuff! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  39. Profile photo of cparedesb cparedesb

    I really enjoyed this class. very different. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  40. Profile photo of Ray Hull Ray Hull

    Dave Black Rocks!!!! Great teaching style and it is fun to see the joy that he receives from creating his images. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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