The Illuminated View: Manipulating and Exploring Light
This course will help you begin to use natural light in new ways. We’ll cover direct light, backlight, dappled light, reflected light and learn how to control them by carefully choosing a shooting angle. You’ll also learn to find beautiful pockets of light, both inside and out. You will learn to use light creatively as we explore what makes light enhance an image and what makes light detract from an image. We will also discuss and practice nailing beautiful skin in backlight, dealing with highlights and blown backgrounds, as well as editing images in all kind of light – both in “good” light and “bad” light situations. No natural light situation is off limits in this workshop!
To get the most out of this workshop, you should be shooting in manual mode and have an understanding of the exposure triangle as well as a good understanding of simple editing in photoshop, lightroom or elements.
what you’ll get
4 Weekly PDFs
Bonus PDF on shooting at the beach
INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT FEEDBACK & CRITIQUE
Full Participation students receive extensive personal critiques of weekly assignment submissions.
Study Along Students have full viewing access.
Multiple Editing Video
DAILY INSTRUCTOR-LED Q&A
Full participation students engage in instructor-led discussion and Q&A for daily interaction and support. Study along students have full viewing access.
Behind the Scenes video
Through My Eyes video
Welcome & Preassignment
Intro to light
background & separation
highlights on subjects
time of day to shoot
backlight – using light as a “prop”
Working with backlight
Direct light – full on/pocket light
Controlling the power
Using angle/composition to change and control light
Using shade and shadows
Shade and Shadows
Working in your favorite type of light
Tips and tricks/troubleshooting
Editing for your light
Perfecting your work
as seen on instagram
about your instructor
Tarah Sweeney is a self-taught professional and successful portrait and wedding photographer in San Diego, CA. She is first and foremost a wife and mother to three little ones and she spends her days photographing their daily adventures. Her portfolio is available here.
how it works
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 completing readings and watching videos to student Q&A and assignment submissions.
download weekly lessons
Each week, students receive a set of course materials, which generally include a PDF and instructional videos. All course materials are yours to download and keep.
Materials vary by program
study & ask questions
Your registration includes access to a private online workshop for sharing and discussion. The workshop is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule. The instructor is present in the workshop every day to answer questions and offer encouragement.
complete weekly assignments
Students receive an assignment to complete each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and builds upon class discussion throughout the week.
Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the workshop and receive critique each week.
Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.