Shadows and Light

with Jyotsna Bhamidipati

self-paced course



NEW! This program is now available at Click Photo School as a self-paced course.

All class content is organized into simple steps as part of a clear, self-guided pathway inside a virtual classroom. Registration includes one year access to the course.

Fearlessly use every kind of light (even hard, direct light!) to create dramatic images that make you stand out.

Master the shadows—Jyotsna Bhamidipati will show you how to use shadows to tell a story effectively or draw attention to your subject.

In a powerful series of videos, you’ll learn how Jyo uses light and shadows—both inside and out!— to create fine art images.

Learn how light affects color and contrast, and how you can use color in your work to pull the viewer’s attention to your subject.

Learn editing techniques to help you enhance depth and atmosphere in your photographs.

From equipment and technique to creative setups and editing, you’ll get an inside look at how Jyo creates her most compelling images.

what you’ll get

19 shooting videos, 12 editing videos, and a bonus composite editing video
  • CH 1: Settings & Gear
  • CH 2: Light & Your Environment
  • CH 3: Compositional Elements
  • CH 4: Shooting with the 5 Key Elements
  • CH 5: Working with Color
  • CH 6: Artificial Light
  • CH 7: Editing for Depth & Atmosphere

A PDF reference guide for the videos.


Learn on any device! All class content is organized into simple steps as part of a clear, self-guided pathway inside your private online classroom.


You'll check off each interactive step as you go, from watching the videos to engaging in discussions with Jyo and fellow students.


Read through Jyo's answers to questions asked during the launch event (now concluded) and watch her Q&A video!


All class materials are yours to download and keep.

about your presenter

Jyotsna Bhamidipati (Jyo) is an electrical engineer and an award-winning published fine-art lifestyle photographer, as well as a mentor and educator, based in Sacramento, California. She is a lover of light and shadows and seeks to capture the everyday perfectly imperfect beauty around her. She strives to be experimental in her vision and constantly works on pushing the boundaries in her photography. Jyo is the instructor of the highly popular workshop with Click Photo School called The Imperfectionist, where she encourages everyone to embrace imperfections in their everyday lives and practice creative artistry.

47 thoughts on “Shadows and Light: A photographer’s guide to creating dramatic images”

  1. Jyo, thank you for your class! I love how you are able to see light and shadows and capture them so beautifully. It inspires me for the look for it too :) Thanks for all the effort you put into making this wonderful class. <3

  2. I’m not yet done with this breakout, but have already learned and been so inspired so much by Jyo’s creativity! The shooting and editing videos are a valuable glimpse into her thought process. I really enjoy how she utilizes the same space with different types of light and concepts. There is a wealth of information that I will most likely revisit and I have already signed up for Jyo’s other course offerings now so I can continue to push myself creatively! Thank you, Jyo!

  3. This class is absolutely amazing! Jyo is such a constant inspiration for me. This class is filled with walk through videos and behind the scenes that really let you into her artistic vision and help you to see the light and shadows for yourself!! Such a great class.

  4. This course has been amazing! I cannot believe how many aha moments I had watching Jyo’s shooting and editing videos. It helped me so much to hear her thought process in real time while she was shooting and editing. Thank you, Jyo, for being such an amazing teacher and a creative inspiration. I’m really excited to use your techniques in my own work!

  5. In this, one of the best classes I’ve taken, Jyo takes a comprehensive look at different types of light and how to work with them to produce beautiful and original images. So much thought has gone into these videos and I found them absolutely jam-packed with ideas for creative shooting and for challenging myself in terms of light use. I’ve been shooting now for many years and can’t recommend this class highly enough not only for the new shooter, but also for the advanced photographer aiming to push themselves further in terms of creativity.

  6. This isn’t the first course I’ve taken with Jyo and it won’t be my last!! Jyo is a wonderful instructor who really goes above and beyond with sharing her process and providing a plethora of materials to facilitate your learning experience. I really appreciated all of the video content in this one, particularly. Thanks so much for creating a wonderful course, Jyo!

  7. Laura Bock Carlson

    This breakout includes so much more than shadows and light – Jyo talks about the emotion, and paying attention to how the choices you make with shadows and light along with other elements in the composition impact emotion, so that you are better equipped to tell the story you want to in the frame. I really appreciate the behind the scenes and hearing her discuss her own work in the videos.

  8. Stacy McEligot

    Jyo’s breakout is so full of useful information and tons of inspiration! She is an amazing educator who thoughtfully explains how both light and shadow create mood and emotion and enhance storytelling. The videos are the perfect length and are easily digestible. Jyo has obviously poured her heart into this course!

  9. Purchase this class NOW if you’re looking for a way to get more creative in your work and learn how to better work with light and shadows. Jyo is an amazing instructor. The breakout is packed with a ton of well-organized info – the videos are broken down by topic/scene/photo so you can watch it easily at your own pace without getting overwhelmed with all the information. She also gives a ton of tips and tricks / easy methods / tools to get your photographs to another level!

  10. I am part way through Shadows and Light with Jyo and I love it so much! Jyo explains how to shoot and edit dramatic images in a way that is so different from any other class I’ve taken. I can’t wait to finish the course and try out some new techniques with dramatic light. This class is so affordable and worth every penny!

  11. Thanks Jyo for such a wonderful breakout. I was waiting for something like this since long. Your videos make things so easy. It’s such lovely play of light and very informative one indeed.

  12. This breakout is so packed full of information! Jyo’s work is SO INSPIRATIONAL! She goes over every type of light and how to shoot in all conditions. It is so great to see her work behind the scenes & how she edits. So amazing to get the opportunity to learn from someone so talented!

  13. You will never regret taking a class with Jyo…she’s an amazing instructor that pushes you out of your comfort zone and her use of light is just incredible. You won’t regret purchasing this breakout!!

  14. Melissa McCann

    There is so much great information in this break out! I am really enjoying Jyo’s instruction about using all kinds of light. I feel like a photographer can never learn enough about light. Jyo’s videos are great. Not too long but very clear and packed full of practical tips. This breakout is such a bargain. Whether your are a beginner or a seasoned photographer you will get something out of this. Jyo is amazing!

  15. Jyo is a fabulous teacher, answers any questions you have, so encouraging! She has packed so much amazing information in this breakout…from light and shadows to gear she uses. If your a visual learner like myself, it’s all in video format, huge for me to learn… so much for so little

  16. This class is amazing, Jyo! Thank you so much for putting all of this thoughtful material together. I recommend this class to anyone wanting to learn about light and get creative with it. Jyo is such a great instructor and I love the video format. It really helps me learn about how she uses and sees light.

    1. Jyotsna Bhamidipati

      Thankyou so much!! There’s really so many ways to get creative with light and I’m glad you love it!!

  17. The way Jyo uses light and shadows in her work has always been incredibly inspiring to me, so when I saw her course, I knew I had to sign up! This course is packed full of amazing info, and Jyo shows us everything about how she works with the light around her to create interesting, impactful images. I am so inspired after watching her videos to use light in more unique ways!

    1. Jyotsna Bhamidipati

      Thankyou sooo much!! Using Shadows in your work can really make such a big difference to make an impact!

  18. I am through a few of the sessions already and had to stop to say thank you to Jyo! This class is so fantastic. It would be impossible to love it more. Thank you so much! This is the best class I’ve taken with ClickPro, yet!

    So grateful you put this together with such detail and thoughtfulness to a conducive learning environment. I’ve been saving all the downloads as I know I’m going to want to view over again.

    Thank you!


  19. I’m just getting into the thick of these classes-and oh my goodness-there’s just so much! I think it’s the most full breakout Ive ever ordered! The information is rich with tips and guidance on how to achieve creativity and authenticity in your photography! Nearly all the teaching is done through videos, and Jyo’s teaching style is so clear, and inspiring!

    1. Jyotsna Bhamidipati

      THANK YOU soo much Leyla! That truly means a lot :) So glad you are enjoying the video lessons!

  20. WOW, this is incredible! Jyo is a fantastic instructor who pours her heart into everything she presents, including this course. Content is thoughtfully comprised of valuable techniques for using a variety of light as well as shadows to create drama, tell a story and enhance a subject. The video format was ideal, enabling me to watch during my daily exercise, and chores. Highly recommend you join this course!

    1. Jyotsna Bhamidipati

      THANK YOU soo much Ardelle! Means a lot truly! I am such a light nerd and loved sharing everything I love about creating dramatic images wth shadows and light!

    1. Jyotsna Bhamidipati

      Hey there Vanessa! Thankyou so much! The ass is available for purchase for $25 during the live run, for two weeks (where I’ll be there to help with any questions and a Q/A event) and then available later in the Click and co store for purchase for $40. It is a self paced course which means you can access and study the materials on your own time! Hope to see you there in the classroom soon :)

  21. Jyo is such an excellent instructor. Watching and hearing Jyo discuss how she uses all of the different types of light and how she uses shadow to tell a story. She explains how to enhance your images and make them stand out. This breakout is packed full of information!! I love the video format, it’s perfect for going into detail on creating dramatic images!!

    1. Jyotsna Bhamidipati

      Hey there Diana, it is a self paced course, meaning you can work through the materials at your own time. However, the live run means I’ll be here present for the next two weeks answering any questions anyone has as well!

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