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with Brad Bartholomew
Online Class

Take Control of Your Light

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In a photographer's perfect world, the lighting is always just right, but in reality, it's often too bright or even nonexistent. Learn photography lighting basics by joining "Light Right" author and photography instructor Brad Bartholomew, and you'll discover how to tackle those tricky lighting scenarios. Begin with the fundamentals of light, from analyzing your subject to using key lights, fill lights and backlights. Then, you'll find out how to create dimension, separation, texture and drama in your images using different types of light. Want to put subjects in the best possible light? Brad will give you tips for photographing people and capturing their unique stories. Don't worry if you're caught in low lighting! You'll discover tricks for using available light, adding your own and achieving balance when there are too many lights or color temperatures in your shot. Plus, Brad will guide you through setting up a lighting scheme from scratch.


  • intermediate
  • 6 episodes
  • 2h3m

Included in this Class

1. Understanding Light

1. Understanding Light

Meet your instructor, Brad Bartholomew, and start taking control of your light. In this lesson, you'll learn how to analyze your subject and think about what you want your image to say. Then, Brad will explain how to use key, fill and backlights to build the look you're after.

2. Lighting Outcomes

2. Lighting Outcomes

Learn how to take full advantage of what light can do for you. Brad will show you how to use different types of light -- point source, diffused and bounced -- to create dimension, separation, texture and drama in your images.

3. Lighting to Flatter

3. Lighting to Flatter

Lighting people is a whole new ballgame! Now, it's time to use the fundamentals you've learned to create flattering lighting for any subject. Step by step, Brad will walk you through the setups for different lighting styles -- split, broad, Rembrandt and more -- to put the people you photograph in the perfect light.