Understanding Light: Natural Light Basics
with Elizabeth Blank & Danielle Awwad
4 WEEK WORKSHOP BEGINS MAR 25
$300 Full Participation | $150 Study Along
Learn how to “find the light.”
This online course will help you learn how to “find the light” and take your natural light photography game to the next level! You’ll learn how to see and use light effectively, assess the quality of the light and manipulate it through a variety of techniques. We’ll cover how light contributes to the mood of an image and how you can use the direction of the light intentionally in your images. You’ll learn how to move beyond the golden hour and feel confident photographing subjects at any time of day while making the most of the light that is available. This is a Click Photo School textbook course, and you’ll see beautiful examples from a number of photographers to help you understand the concepts in new and exciting ways.
To get the most out of this workshop, students should have a solid understanding of the exposure triangle. We will also talk about reflecting light during the course and students are encouraged to practice with a natural reflector or a DIY reflector (more information will be provided during the course of the class) Some students may want to purchase a reflector ahead of the class beginning.
what you’ll get
4 weekly lesson PDFs
Videos that cover finding, using and manipulating natural light.
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.
Creative videos from the instructors on how they use light in their own work.
INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT FEEDBACK & CRITIQUE
Full Participation students receive extensive personal video critiques of weekly assignment submissions.
Study Along Students have full viewing access.
Welcome & Preassignment
Find and Identify the Light
Color and Intensity
Reading the Light
Soft Light and Hard Light
Additive and Subtractive Light and the Tools You Need
Reflecting and Diffusing; The Science of Light
Making Hard Light Soft
Making Soft Light Hard
Natural and Dedicated Reflectors
Working In Different Light– Open Shade
Direct Light and Backlight
Filtering the Light
Changing the Look of the Light
Choosing the RIGHT light for your image
Understanding and Exploring Light Direction
Mood and Intent and why they matter
Styles and Profiles
as seen on instagram
about your instructors
This textbook-model course offers students a dynamic learning environment due to the collaborative nature of the materials. Each run will consist of one instructor (Elizabeth Blank or Danielle Awwad) although the course PDF and videos will draw upon examples from both (as well as several other instructors) to illustrate specific points.
Elizabeth Blank is a newborn, child and family photographer just outside of Atlanta, Georgia where she lives with her husband and their three young children. Her work has earned international awards and has been published in both local and national publications. When she isn’t photographing children and families on dry land, she can more often than not be found in a body of water where she ecstatically documents the beauty of her subjects underwater. She holds a Masters degree in Education and truly enjoys being able to combine her background in education with her love of photography when the opportunity presents itself!
Danielle is a natural light photographer who focuses in the areas of fine art, lifestyle and environmental portraiture. She lives on a large hay farm in Michigan with her husband, three small children and many animals. Danielle is drawn to all types of natural light. She is excited to be teaching the course Understanding Light: Natural Light Basics for Click Photo School.
how it works
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.
Your workshop registration includes access to a private online forum for sharing and discussion. The classroom forum is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.
study & ask questions
Study on your own time, and check in on the classroom forum for interactive learning. The instructor is present in the forum 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 forum 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 forum. They also receive access to their own private Study Along subforum for peer study groups and image shares. 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.