Indoor Lifestyle Photography By Erik Valind

1 hr 36 min
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Every location provides its own unique challenges, and you need to be able to pick your battles and rise to the occasion. You’ll learn how to work with a range of gear–from speedlights to strobes to diffusion panels–to get the kind of killer shots that convey a sense of realism and authenticity. Erik takes you through a series of locations and situations while demonstrating lighting, posing, and composition tips and techniques all along the way.

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Join Erik as he provides an overview of the concepts and techniques covered in this class, and then jumps right into setting up the first location shoot.
Erik surveys the available light to determine a plan of action for balancing the color temperature.
The goal of fill light is to bring up the shadows without drawing attention to itself.
Adding an egg crate grid to the strip light allows for a finer control of the direction of the light.
Erik applies the concepts covered in the first shoot to a location change within the restaurant.
Shooting in most retail stores means dealing with a lot of competing lighting sources. It is your job to come up with strategies to work with what you have.
Moving to the back of the store eliminates the daylight mixing with the scene, but now you have to deal with the existing fluorescent light.
Using more powerful studio strobes allows you to shoot with a smaller aperture to get a wider depth of field. In a lifestyle shoot you want the light to look as natural as possible to convey a sense of authenticity.
To add just a little more sense of realism in this scene Erik adds one more light to simulate light coming from the TV.
Working in studio allows you to rearrange the set to completely change the direction you are shooting from and change the perspective of the viewer.
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Erik Valind


Erik Valind is a Top Pro Photographer who specializes in the creation of compelling commercial work and energetic lifestyle imagery. People are the center of his photography and also serve as his inspiration. Having grown up on the brilliant beaches of the sunshine state, Erik developed an early appreciation for the transformative ene...

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  1. Profile photo of WayneMitcheltree WayneMitcheltree

    After watching “Active Lifestyle”, thought I’d watch this one again. Both full of very useful information wrt light control. many tips for control and balance of light. not just what you need to do but clearly stated how to achieve it too. excellent lesson.

  2. Profile photo of studioyls studioyls

    Best tutorial I have seen!! Erik is a great teacher : )

  3. Profile photo of John John

    Really enjoyed. Brightly (!) presented and most informative.

  4. Profile photo of vontice vontice

    Dude Is a pretty good teacher good tutorial.

  5. Profile photo of AdeleF AdeleF

    That was simply fantastic. I took lots of notes, added some new gear to my Amazon wish list, and made a shortlist of things to try on my next shoot. Erik is a great instructor!

  6. Profile photo of AndrewBarrePhotography AndrewBarrePhotography

    Guys, this and all of your video tutorials are simply great. I’ve been a Photographer for a few years now and an amateur way before that, but these courses I’m finding are to my Photography as a fill light is to any shoot. Just filling in a few dark shadow areas for me in my ongoing learning and career as a Commercial and Lifestyle Photographer. Well done guys and thanks form Australia!! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  7. Profile photo of halilynn halilynn

    This is an outstanding course on lighting, and in my opinion one of the best courses here on Kelby Training. Thank you, Erik, for explaining lighting in such a straightforward, thorough manner. You’ve truly helped me get over the intimidation of setting up location lighting scenarios. I know I will go back and watch this course a few more times. And like your other courses, your enthusiasm is infectious! Many thanks! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  8. Profile photo of lucienr lucienr

    Good course ! It inspired me.

  9. Profile photo of jawsh3539 jawsh3539

    Great course….great images, great instruction. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  10. Profile photo of rorosario rorosario

    This was one of the best courses I have seen on lighting. Great course and awesome instructor —- Yes, please post my feedback

  11. Profile photo of gbelbeck gbelbeck

    Absolutely… excellent job! Well presented with showing not only the beginning shots, more importunely how to compose different lighting scenario’s from the what not to do to producing a fantastic image. I must have watched it 4 times, just studying the lighting rigging as well as fully understanding how to properly use gels. I’m looking forward in using these techniques with my clients. Money well spend since becoming a new subscriber to Kelby Training. Great job done by all and thank you Erik. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  12. Profile photo of Gary Kieltyka Gary Kieltyka

    Excellent class. Finally getting away from those silly interviews. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  13. Profile photo of Carolyn Fahm Carolyn Fahm

    Erik is an excellent, enthusiastic, and energetic teacher. I really enjoyed this course. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  14. Profile photo of Ray Warren Ray Warren

    Great course. Erik is a fantastic photographer and an excellent teacher. I highly recommend this one. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  15. Profile photo of Lloyd Eldredge Lloyd Eldredge

    This is a terrific course. Very useful and practical information, presented in a clear and understandable manner. I love his straightforward, no BS style. Well done indeed. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  16. Profile photo of Rob Turner Rob Turner

    Erik delivers a power presentation on indoor lifestyle photography, that is chock-full of lighting tips, and a methodical approach to dealing with different light temperatures! A “must see” training session at Thank you Erik for sharing your insights! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  17. Profile photo of jmcln jmcln

    Once again, Kelby Training comes through with another excellent tutorial. Erik really breaks down a subject that can be daunting. Getting the correct exposure, color balance and mix of ambient and flash is a challenge for many photographers. Erik does a great job explaining each step and makes you feel that it is possible for you to achieve quality indoor portraits in mixed lighting conditions. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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