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with Alan Thornton
Online Class

The Essentials for Understanding Light

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Unlock the keys to masterfully lit photos! Let Santa Fe Photographic Workshops instructor Alan Thornton guide you through photography light techniques. Delve into the characteristics of natural and artificial light and find out how to create a compelling image no matter the light source. Explore direct, diffused and bounced light, and discover which is best for flattering portraits or high-contrast, dramatic images. Learn how to shoot with back, front and side lighting, and dive into essential exposure and metering guidelines. Follow along with Alan in an inspiring lesson on finding good light anywhere and discover the affordable gear that will help you create and modify beautiful light.


  • beginner
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h28m

Included in this Class

1. Importance of Light

1. Importance of Light

Meet your instructor, renowned photographer Alan Thornton, as he teaches you how to find and assess light. Then, Alan discusses the gear you need to capture and utilize light in your own photos. (Hint: It's not much; the light is the star of this show!)

2. Light Creators

2. Light Creators

Explore where light comes from and how natural light changes color throughout the day or with the weather. Learn to identify sources of light and how to use your camera's white balance setting to compensate for different kinds of light.

3. Types of Light

3. Types of Light

Alan shares his trick for identifying the direction of light before leading an in-depth discussion on several types of light: direct, diffused and bounced. Follow along on a photo shoot as Alan demonstrates how each type of light affects the image.