Are you ready to take your lighting skills to the next level? Join Master Craftsmen Photographer James Schmelzer as he guides you through the transition from strobes to using constant lighting sources. We no longer need to use strobes all of the time, and constant lighting gives us the ability to better read the lighting on the face. James starts off with an introduction into lighting theory, then takes you through the step-by-step process of setting up various types of constant lighting sources, and ways to create different effects with some of the lights that are available today. Constant lighting sources make it fun and easy to experiment, and you’ll leave the class feeling inspired to try some of the techniques in your own photography!
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Join James in studio as he provides an overview of what this class is about.
Using a set of daylight balanced fluorescent lights James provides some fundamental lessons in lighting your subject.
One of the most important decisions you make with lighting is how far away from the subject you place the light.
Reflectors are a versatile lighting tool that come in a variety of sizes and colors.
A hair light adds shine to the hair and helps to separate the subject from the background.
The silver umbrella is better for fashion or clothing when you need a lot of brilliance from your light source.
Lighting a subject wearing white in front of a white background can be a real challenge.
For more impact you can use a spotlight. Spotlights can be used with grids, barn doors, or alone.
A Fresnel lens on a light is the same type of lens found on a lighthouse, which allows you to focus and concentrate your light and create some cool effects.
Here's another way to use the spotlight as the main light with hair lights for separation from the background.
Creating a V shape out of a softbox using clamps reduces the spread of the light to create darker shadows under the nose.
The hair lights are used more for creating an edge of light along the subject in a classic sports type of look.
James Schmelzer is an award winning photographer, lecturer, and has been the technical representative for F.J. Westcott Company for over 25 years. James has been actively involved in designing new…