Indoor Lifestyle Photography, with Erik Valind

Pro photographer Erik Valind takes you on location to capture lifestyle photos in a variety of indoor settings.

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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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 01:41)

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.

Lesson 2: Color Temperature (Duration 10:22)

Erik surveys the available light to determine a plan of action for balancing the color temperature.

Lesson 3: Adding Fill Light (Duration 13:56)

The goal of fill light is to bring up the shadows without drawing attention to itself.

Lesson 4: Using a Grid To Direct the Light (Duration 03:54)

Adding an egg crate grid to the strip light allows for a finer control of the direction of the light.

Lesson 5: Location Change (Duration 09:22)

Erik applies the concepts covered in the first shoot to a location change within the restaurant.

Lesson 6: Inside a Clothing Store (Duration 09:20)

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.

Lesson 7: Second Store Scene (Duration 11:02)

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.

Lesson 8: Lighting a Room to Make it Look Natural (Duration 12:24)

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.

Lesson 9: Adding One More Light (Duration 11:54)

To add just a little more sense of realism in this scene Erik adds one more light to simulate light coming from the TV.

Lesson 10: Second Living Room Scene (Duration 13:12)

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.

Meet Your Instructor: 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…


  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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!!

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