Outdoor Lifestyle Photography, with Erik Valind

Join top pro photographer Erik Valind on location shooting outdoor lifestyle photos on the sunny Florida coast.

With outdoor lifestyle photography your job is to sell the experience to the viewer. You need to be able to work in all kinds of lighting situations and with a range of gear–from strobes to diffusion panels–to get the kind of killer shots that makes the viewer wish they were there. Erik takes you through a series of locations and situations demonstrating lighting, posing, and composition tips and techniques all along the way.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 03:00)

Join Erik for a quick overview of the class.

Lesson 2: Including a Landmark in the Shot (Duration 03:33)

Part of the process of telling the story of a location is including landmarks in your shots with your subjects. Erik demonstrates a few ways to deal with shooting people alongside of a large landmark.

Lesson 3: Searching for Shadows (Duration 03:39)

When shooting outdoors you can take advantage of natural shade to even out the exposure on your subjects. The trick from there is to move around to find the best composition that works for that location.

Lesson 4: Shooting into the Sun (Duration 07:00)

Shooting subjects against a bright sun is a popular look these days. Erik demonstrates a number of ways to deal with all that light.

Lesson 5: Controlling the Contrast (Duration 07:56)

Continuing with the Kayak shoot, Erik talks about adjusting camera settings to get the right mix of hilight and shadow.

Lesson 6: Find a Unique Vantage Point (Duration 08:08)

Shooting from a unique perspective can really make for dynamic and interesting shots of even the most mundane situations.

Lesson 7: Out on the Beach: Part 1 (Duration 05:50)

Shooting out on the beach in the middle of sunny day is usually the worst time of the day to shoot outdoors, but Erik has a few tips and techniques on how create fantastic shots even in these harsh conditions.

Lesson 8: Out on the Beach: Part 2 (Duration 05:26)

The sun never stops moving, so it is a great idea to change perspectives to get even more shots out of the same location.

Lesson 9: Over the Shoulder (Duration 06:10)

Another way to get a unique perspective is to shoot from over the person's shoulder and really bring the viewer right into subject's experience.

Lesson 10: Using the Octabank Outdoors (Duration 05:39)

Erik shares some great tips for using a 7 foot Octabank in an outdoor scene, which gives the subjects a lot of room to move.

Lesson 11: Two Suns (Duration 08:20)

Your life will be a lot simpler when you can work with the ambient light instead of working against it. In this lesson Erik brings in an 7 foot parabolic umbrella to act as a second sun to even out the light on the subjects.

Lesson 12: Use Gels to Mimic Daylight (Duration 07:51)

You can incorporate strobes into the mix with natural daylight by placing gels over your strobes to make their color temperature more closely match the light from the sun.

Lesson 13: Sunset Shot (Duration 05:21)

When shooting against the setting sun you can underexpose for the sky with a slower shutter speed, then bring in artificial light to fill in your subjects.

Lesson 14: On the Water's Edge (Duration 07:01)

The edge of the sea is not a great location for setting up a lot of gear, so Erik demonstrates how to take advantage of the high speed sync mode of your camera to use a speedlight to add a little fill light on your subjects.

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. GREAT CLASS! Possibly the best one I've seen on Kelby training! Practical advice but not the same 'ole same 'ole. Very easy to understand for a beginner but not so much that an experienced user would be bored with the content. Eric is a great teacher - hope to see more classes from him. Thanks for this one!!

  2. Fantastic. Quick, understandable . Easy to watch. Fun music; creates a nice learning atmosphere. Probably the only course I'll watch several times. Not because the others are not worthy, it's just that he shows us situations that I face all the time. To the point, quick set ups. Thanks! Rob Bosley www.reluctantphoto.com

  3. Thanks for the great course. Thoroughly enjoyed the explanations and style of teaching. Glad I found this as we're heading on a beach vacation shortly and lots of this will come in handy. Looking forward to seeing other classes from you.

  4. Just finished Erik Valind's Outdoor Lifestyle Photography course and walked away with a great deal of techniques I can put to use in my work going forward. Erik did a nice job of blending technical info and practical approaches to achieve natural looking lifestyle shots. I appreciated the details he included about the lighting and modifiers as he was building his scenes. Looking forward to more great courses from Erik! Thanks!

  5. Loved it. Erik is a great instructor! I got some really good take aways that I can use. Hope to see another course from him in the future.Thanks!!!

  6. Another great class for Kelby Training, Erik does a brilliant job of simplifying what at 1st glance could be a complicated setup. I took a lot of great tips from this & it's nice to see more wide angle lenses used to great effect without too much unwanted distortion. All's I need now is the Kelby class of how to get the sun to come out in the UK & I'm sorted. Thanks again to Erik & all the team who put this together, look forward to seeing more from you. Rainy beach shot here we come..... JT

  7. This was a very informative course and Erik is a really great instructor. His explinations of how to do something are very informative and concise. I can't wait to get out there and shoot some lifestyle photography!

  8. Does this man never make a verbal blunder? I don't think I heard an ummm or ahhhh the entire time. That aside, extremely useful course. I really liked the black scrim idea.

  9. Great course!!! Enjoyed it very much! I learned so much from Erik. He is very good at explaining what he's doing and why he's doing it. Good description of equipment and reasoning for using it. I thought it was great how he used a lift to get that overhead shot. Great idea! I remember Joe McNally used that same type of equipment in a shot he did one time. Good choice of subject and Erik did a fantastic job of showing us how. Thanks!

  10. Excellent course. We travel often and have missed plenty of opportunities to do what was covered in this series (minus the professional models of course). Simple techniques and impressive results.

  11. this course is so good I almost wish it wasn't online. This man talks a lot of sense when it comes to lighting up models, the best part of it is he does it with minimal equipment that doesn't cost a bunch. Pay very close attention to what he says and I promise you they wont be able to teach you much else anywhere.

  12. Great job Erik. One of my favorite tips was to simply just attach a tilter bracket to a speedring to hold a heavy octobank. Look forward to the next video on here! -Jeremy

  13. This course is fantastic. Initially I just wanted to watch it for the videos about shooting into the sun. This is an issue I frequently have. Otherwise, being a doctor, the closest I get to outdoor lifestyle is walking back and forth to my car. The thing that is so amazing about this course is that after I viewed the video about shooting into the sun, I couldn't stop watching the rest of the course. It was so informational and being a beginner photographer, I felt like the things he taught were not too far over my head which would have made them unrealistic. I ended up watching the entire course in one setting. Great job.

  14. Very informative and lots of hand tips. Eric (the instructor) makes the course breezy with lots of example photos. There are no "boring moments" with over explaining ....just the way, I like it, aha aha! Kelby Training Rocks!

  15. Incredible class. Covers so many lighting options. Being a photojournalist, I can take many of these lighting techniques and apply them to my job. I know a lot of work went into preparing and executing this class. It really shows.

  16. One of the best courses I've seen on here. Valind really knows lifestyle. Great communication and posing instruction with models. It's obvious he's very experienced with lifestyle, he handled every difficult lighting situation with aplomb.

  17. I enjoyed learning about how to work with ambient light and to use the equipment I all ready have---like scrims, reflectors, and diffusers. I really enjoyed the last section on high speed sync. I'm a flash user so that topic interested me the most. Thanks!

  18. This was an excellent course. I'd love to see more work from him as it was well explained and applicable to my needs. It moved at a reasonable pace and had a good mix of technical and creative aspects of the shot process.

  19. This course has so many terrific tips that I will take with me in many shooting situations. I really love Erik's energy and how articulate he is. Great presentation! Thanks for another outstanding course!

  20. Nicely done - enjoyed the approached used throughout this series: combined both technical and creative aspects of lighting/camera settings in a variety of situations.

  21. Thank you for this excellent, informative and fun presentation. I have learnt so much. Erik is a very good teacher ! I especially enjoyed the music added to this presentation, even though it is currently winter down here in South Africa, watching this video made me feel like I was part of the experience in sunny Florida.

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