mastering natural light indoors
with megan cieloha
may 8, 2016
june 19, 2017
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Mastering Natural Light Indoors will empower photographers who have a solid grasp of working with their cameras in manual mode to learn how to see and utilize indoor light. It will give participants the ability to become comfortable working with available light indoors and enable them to make lighting choices that best support their artistic vision. By focusing on the study of light, photographers will begin to see the world in a new way and create a toolbox of strategies for maximizing the use of any indoor lighting situation they might run across. Understanding of light is foundational in photography and the excitement of learning to see and story tell with light is often a turning point for those who strive to create meaningful images. Join us and fall in love with the possibilities, and beauty, of light!
daily shooting encouraged
6-8 hours of work per week
this course has prerequisites
Participants should be comfortable shooting in manual mode and have a solid grasp of working with the exposure triangle (aperture, shutter speed, ISO.) A DSLR and a fixed aperture lens are required. Comfort performing a basic clean edit in your processing program of choice is strongly encouraged.
Megan Cieloha is a self-taught photographer who focuses on lifestyle and fine art photography. Living in Sicily with her husband and 3 young boys for the past year has given her a new love for light and life in the Mediterranean region. Megan’s portfolio is available here.
The following photographers also participate in discussions and provide assignment critiques as teaching assistants: Kristin Dokoza, Elicia Graves and Heather Lazark
A number of course alumni are invited to engage in discussion, share insight with students, and provide feedback and encouragement throughout the course.
• 4 Weekly PDFs (one per week)
• 4 Supplemental PDFs (one per week)
• Instructor-Led Online Q&A for Each Lesson
• 3 Editing Videos (Utilizing Lightroom Creative Cloud Edition, presented in week 1)
• Personalized critiques of each assignment by instructor and 1 TA
Study Along students will have access to all materials and will be able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum and receive access to their own private 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.
Welcome & Preassignment
Reading: Types and Attributes of Light- Identifying and learning to see various types of light
Assignment: Application of the direction and/or size of light
Reading: Considerations of Subject Placement- Positioning of the subject with relation to the light source
Assignment: Refining light use to control light and shadow play
Reading: Controlling Light- Modifying and molding available light
Assignment: Taking control of the light: adding, subtracting or otherwise manipulating
Reading: Identifying “Good” Light- Approaching light use with intent
Assignment: Culmination of the course in an image that shows growth
The CMU workshop is a 100% online classroom experience. Once you sign up, you have access to a course forum that is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.
Each week students receive a set of course materials– these materials generally include a PDF and/or videos. Throughout the week, instructors and TAs are present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement. Students receive an assignment each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and 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 instructor and TA critiques each week. They also have lifetime access to a Workshop Alumni forum for continued peer discussion after the course concludes.
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.
Whether you are a Full Participation student or a Study Along student, the course materials are yours to keep.