Fashion Lighting 1, 2, 3 By Lindsay Adler

1 hr 47 min
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Join Lindsay Adler, Fashion and Portrait Photographer, and learn how to create striking beauty imagery using one, two, or three lights in your setups. Lindsay starts building the foundation with just one light, then teaches you how to expand on that with a second light, before getting even more creative with a third. This class is all about taking control of the light, choosing the right modifier, (whether a beauty dish, silver dish, ring flash, or even some unusual light sources you’ve never tried before), and always making sure your setup meets your end goal.

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Lindsay talks about what will be covered in the course.
The beauty dish is the most commonly used light modifier in fashion photography, and adding in flags and reflectors makes it even more versatile.
The beauty box is a great technique for using with a beauty dish, it's not as soft as a softbox and not as harsh as a silver dish. Grids give you more control in the falloff of the light.
The silver dish is a very contrasty and dramatic light that comes in a variety of shapes and sizes.
The ability to work with different light modifiers, from ring lights to black light, can help you stand out from the crowd.
A second light can be used to help separate the subject from the background.
Another use for a second light is to illuminate your subject with both lights from the front.
A focus on shape or color can be achieved by shooting the subject in silhouette or by gelling your lights to emphasize different colors.
Adding a second light can be used for more than just separating the subject from the background, while adding a third light gives you even more control.
Using more lights can give you a lot more creative freedom.
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Lindsay Adler


Lindsay Adler is a professional portrait and fashion photographer based in New York. For the past 10 years she has owned and operated a portrait, fashion, and wedding studio distinguished by its 'fashion flair' approach to imagery. As a New York fashion photographer, she has written editorials that have appeared in dozens of publications ...

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    Coming back to watch this again after a couple of years, and again I’m very impressed and pleased with Lindsay’s articulate knowledge. This is an excellent course.

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    Lindsay needs to clean her sensor.

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    That model floats my boat :)

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    Lindsay your an excellant instructor, you really pulled it all together for me. Thank you.

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    A really informative look at lighting. I found that the content was easy to understand and was not only theoretical but was practical. It allowed me to appreciate how different lighting setups and modifiers could be used to create mood and style. A must for anyone with an interest in lighting.

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    Lindsay makes an amazing work as a photography teacher ! Even for a french guy like me.
    I understood everthing and I’ve again learned a lot

    Best regards and please Lindsay, add new classes soon !

    Antoine Palazon

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    This chick is bad***! I’m not even into portrait or fashion photography, but I’m watching as many videos as I can and learning a lot that I think will help me in all aspects of photography. She is a wealth of information and cuts right to the chase. She keeps it interesting and I learn a lot. I am a visual person, the only thing I wish this had was a lighting diagram or chart. Most of the light set ups are explained well, however I really wanted to get a better idea of how she did the high key set up with the two white v-boards set up reflecting back on the model. Thank you for the great training! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Have some of the instructors visit the cities to teach. Lindsay in the best instructor. Huu aaa.

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    Spent a fortune on books and video training, and not forgetting training sessions here in the UK. Some of this was money, I thought was well spent, until yes until I signed up for the kelbytraining experience. there is a big difference between telling you what to do, and showing you what to do. This young lady is so Scott Kelby in training style Lindsay Adler is not only a joy in getting the messages over but also refreshingly clear on good practises of studio lighting, pure joy. The annual fee was worth it for this video alone. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Excellent course! I think it is one of the best courses on Kelby training. It inspired me and I learned many new tricks. My photography knowledge improved with this course. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Lindsay is a no gimmick, straight to the point teacher. I aalways enjoy her video lessons. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  12. Profile photo of Kevin Fleming Kevin Fleming

    Lindsey is professional and her style of teaching is interesting and easy to understand. I really like that she is all business and there is not a lot of extraneous talking. Everything she says is precise and useful. More lindsey! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Great Class! Love Lindsay’s approach and practical way of teaching. Not only am I impressed and inspired by her professionalism as a photographer, but by her gift to impart to others as well. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Fantastic course! I’m definitely going to be coming back to reference this often, I know. Great stuff. —- Yes, please post my feedback —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    this was great i learned a lot, thanks

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    Lindsay’s courses are awesome. I love her fast tempo and delivery. Where other instructors lull me to sleep with their lulling voices, Lindsay spouts information and keeps me engaged. I’m constantly thinking to myself, “Wow this girl is amazingly smart!” —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Excellent course, to the point but not short on important details. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Lindsay, thanks for a wonderful class! You are an amazing teacher and a natural communicator. I just love your non-stop way of talking (I’m the same type of person myself). I came from, and what a waste of money. I haven´t seen anything like this class. So happy that I found you. I bought your book as well, the one with the **´s in its title. It is excellent too on this subject. It’s all about light whether you punched a hole in a black shoebox or you bought an expensive 5D mark III. So far I have been doing a lot of shooting hoping for a reasonable succes rate. Now you’ve set me straight, so I know what I’m doing. I hope you would like to continue with some more (not so secret) creative stuff, once the basics have been covered. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    This course was fantastic! It took me awhile to warm up to her style of teaching, but she knows what she’s doing. If you listen closely, she drops lots of practical hints. I thoroughly enjoyed watching and learning from her. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Great classes, very informative, and creative, Thanks!
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    Very nice introduction to fashion lighting. Very informative! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Actually a really nice presentation that is great for intermediates to build on. I gotta say though, Lindsay, clean your sensor! ;-) —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Great teacher, a lot of informations in those videos, even if you’re not into fashion. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Lindsay is amazing! She’s informative, smart and really in control of her studio. It was a pleasure to watch her work and see how she guides the model while she teaches the viewer. Brilliant work! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Great Class! Talented teacher and very knowledgable —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Definitely one of my favourite courses on Kelby! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Clear and concise series with a myriad of examples, as well as explanations. One of the better courses on lighting I have taken. Very well done. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Great class! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Superb course. A class like this would cost you hundreds of dollars elsewhere. Thanks for all the tips. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Just like the other two classes I’ve watched from Lindsay this is a winner! She’s probably my favorite instructor in the whole Kelby Training group. She knows how to deliver very detailed information at a fast pace without dragging or going too fast that you can’t follow. I hope to see more of her in the future. Thank you Kelby Training and Lindsay for this fantastic class!!! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    I have watched this a couple of times, and really enjoyed the tutorial. Not in only how we approach the technical aspect of shooting, but how we are better able to think about our shooting. Wonderful job in this video, great tips, great advice, and easy to employ! Thanks for this. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  32. Profile photo of Jeff Kahn Jeff Kahn

    Wow, very thorough knowledge of lighting. She’s the only photographer I’ve seen since Dean Collins that was able to fully communicate her understanding of light. I feel like I have been “updated”! Thanks Lindsay, illuminating presentation! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    She is a wonderful instructor and her passion radiates. I learned a lot during this session. My only criticism is that because I’m so new to studio lighting I wish at times there was a little more explanation. Having said that I will rewatch it a few times to fill in what I missed. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  34. Profile photo of mike caplan mike caplan

    Terrific tutorial! I’ve had the privilege of working alongside Lindsay at a few of her After Dark Education sessions and she is a non-stop fountain of energy and creativity. I just hope she cleaned her sensor after recording this! LOL Great work! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  35. Profile photo of Dan J Dan J

    AMAZING x 10000! I’ve learnt so much info so quickly I feel like Keanu learning kungfu in the Matrix. Loads of knowledge in a short space of time without having to live in a submarine and defeat an evil robot race. Bargain! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Another amazing video from Lindsay! I just finished watching Conquering Midday Light and that that was one of the best videos I’ve seen. Well, this one just topped it. Her pace is perfect, her examples are fantastic, and explanations are easy enough for a beginner to understand. Her videos should be the standard to which all others are compared to. Please keep them coming! Now on to Fashion Flair Photography….

    Lindsay, thanks for taking the time to share your secrets! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Excellent Lindsay! I came here for a little inspiration only to leave blown away by your talent as a instructor. Well worth watching both for inspiration and education. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    AWESOME! Really great detail and information. Not to fast not slow. Great models and looks too. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Great Class Lindsay!! She covers details while cutting to the chase. Also comes out with some great pictures. Nice work and hope to see more of your stuff on Kelby Training —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Lindsay is great! She is an excellent photographer and teacher. This course was just what I was looking for. Well done Lindsay! Keep up the great work! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    This was a great class. The instruction was clear and to the point with great explanations as to why lights were positioned the way they were as well as numerous examples to show the differences among various lighting setups. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    This is the very first time I have ever seen a photographer use “real models” in one of these video’s! As a former make-up artist and hairstylist, in the fashion industry (25years), I have found it distracting, to watch a class of photographers, showing their ? sisters, sitting in as the model and have some heavy handed make-up artist, who can part the hair on, not one, but both sides. It’s really pretend stuff! But this was by far, the most real application of a fashion shoot I have ever seen on a video. And she did all this without an inflated ego. Big time thumbs up! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    I LOVED this class, thank you, thank you, thank you!! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    That was awesome course. Very comprehensive, and you made it sound so simple. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Excellent….. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Excellent – I really learned a lot and it has improved my abilities with lights. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    This is the best class I have been given to watch on Kelby Training so far. Thank you so much! I am blown away. The only, but great difficulty we may face, is to find a model posing like yours. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    I can’t wait to test those high key set up… I was exactly what I was looking for.. Congratulations. Kelbytraining is the best learning place on web. Maurício Zanin – Fashion and Artistic Photographer. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    I think this is one great series of tutorials on modeling shoots. She is a great instructor. And I hope you have more of her. It’s great to see what female photographers are doing and how they are doing it. They only thing that I have a small problem with is she talks fast. That may be because of the time she has to do it. It is a minor thing. I just go back an watch it over. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Awesome tips when using different type of lens in different situation. Thank you Lindsay —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Excellent…. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Very informative, Thank you……………..
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    Excellent excellent course. Very well produced, great topic, content, and presentation. Lindsay’s approach is spot on and, in my opinion, the best on this site. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    I will just keep it simple; thank you very, very much! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    OMG!! I have seen many courses here on Kelby and nobody has explained light like Lindsay. I love how she is not afraid to use affordable, “you’ll do” type of equipment and do variety with the lighting that she has, so important for those working on budgets! Awesome!! Please have her teach more of these classes! I had so many Aha moments here. Thank you Lindsay!! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    This is a comprehensive no bull tutorial and delivered with the like of me in mind…the student, who is hungry to learn. Great Lyndsy, check out the Fashion tutorial by Lyndsy … just brilliant
    Paddytheirishman. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  57. Profile photo of Eric Harmon Eric Harmon

    Incredible course. Lindsey did a great job explaining everything she did, and provided some amazing sample images and poses. I also learned about some new equipment that I promptly added to my wish list :-) —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    good class i will recomed it —- Yes, please post my feedback

  59. Profile photo of Raymond Diehr Raymond Diehr

    Probably one of the best executed video courses on your site. Well planned and professionally delivered… at a perfect pace. To say that this course is comprehensive may be an understatement. Nice job Lindsay! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    This was an amazing and very informative video. I learned so much! I love how Lindsey was very detailed and stayed on subject without going on random tangents. Everything she said was very relavent and worth every minute. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  61. Profile photo of Stuart Corns Stuart Corns

    Wow! LIndsay’s work is fantastic….No wasted movements, or words….
    Always on task to achieve highly finished photographic results….
    Tons of great information and some new ideas for shooting fashion models..
    Give us part II as soon as you can!
    Thank you, Stuart Corns. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Great class! Well presented! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    I absolutely loved this course. Lindsay is such a natural at teaching – not to mention a wonderful photographer. Very well done Lindsay. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    WOW —- Yes, please post my feedback

  65. Profile photo of James Maddox James Maddox

    Wow! Im only half way through this course and she has me writing a comment. I never write comments… Such a great way to explain how lighting works. Great stuff here… ok I got to go back and watch the rest… I really need to get to bed… But I need to watch just one more… —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Another top notch course. Lindsay explains things really clearly and is a great educator as well as a photographer. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    She is very good. I like the quick pace and the before and after shots that make it all come together in my mind. Again, the quick pace kept me interested and alert as opposed to someone who drags on. Congrats! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    This was an absolute home run! Great detail in the instruction, and great camera work showing light placement. Couldn’t be better. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    WOW!!!!!!!! Lindsay Adler’s new class was amazing. It answered so many questions and may have just changed my focus on which type of photography I want to concentrate on. THANK YOU LINDSAY. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Excellent course full of proven studio techniques, useful tips, and lots of shooting examples. Lindsay is an excellent teacher. I highly recommend this course! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    This was a great class! I learned a ton and Lindsay explains things in a way the makes them easy to understand. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    This is one of the BEST classes …..I’ve seen on fashion lighting period!
    Very well done! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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