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Dramatic Light From Day to Night

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Turn the light that's available into all the light you need for impactful photographs — day or night.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including gear list
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor David H. Wells
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


Capture dramatic light photography no matter where you are or when you're shooting! Join renowned photo-essayist David H. Wells and gain an understanding of natural light and harness it for impressive photographs. During class, you'll learn to spot the best light on location and turn any time into the best time of day to take photos. Want to draw the eye in with vivid composition? David will teach you how to control shadows so you can capture dramatic photos. You'll also discover which exposure is best for your light and how to get great results from light that's far from perfect. Plus, David will build on your flash knowledge and give you Lightroom® finishing techniques so you can compensate when nature just won't cooperate.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Learning to See Light
Meet David Wells, a professional photographer who's here to help you get the most from natural light. David starts by explaining how to evaluate light quality. Using his friend Barry the Bust, he'll show you how different times of day and seasons can change what your light will look like.
2. Finding the Light You Want
3. Using Shadows to Create Interest
4. Meter the Light, Not the Subject
5. Low-Contrast Light Situations
6. Using Flash as Fill Light
7. Enhancing in Lightroom

Recommended with this class

  • Mid-range or High-end DSLR (Rick uses a Canon 5D Mark III)
  • Photo lenses and filters
  • Tripod

Taught by

David H. Wells
David H. Wells
David H. Wells is a renowned photo-essayist and videographer who uses his creative mastery of light to capture dramatic visual narratives. He's worked on assignment for publications like Life Magazine and National Geographic, and held fellowships with organizations like Nikon/NPPA and the MacArthur Foundation. In addition to his status as an award-winning photographer, David is an incredible instructor, taking his talents to Syracuse University, the Santa Fe Workshops, the Maine Workshops and beyond. He currently serves on the faculty at the International Center for Photography.

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