The Illuminated View: Manipulating and Exploring Light
with tarah sweeney
April 09, 2018
May 07, 2018
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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!
daily shooting encouraged
4 hours of work per week
this course has prerequisites
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.
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.
The following photographers also participate in discussions and provide assignment critiques as teaching assistants:
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 (outlined in syllabus)
• Bonus PDF on shooting at the beach
• Behind the scenes video
• Through My Eyes video
• Multiple Editing Videos
• Instructor-Led Online Q&A for Each Lesson
• Personal Critiques of Weekly Assignments by Instructor
Welcome & Preassignment
Reading: intro to light, background & separation, blown backgrounds, highlights on subjects, time of day to shoot, backlight – using light as a “prop”
Assignment: working with backlight
Reading: direct light – full on/pocket light, rim light, reflected light, bounced light, controlling the power, using angle/composition to change and control light
Assignment: controlling light
Reading: open shade, mid day, using shade and shadows, dappled light
Assignment: shade and shadows
Reading: working in your favorite type of light, tips and tricks/troubleshooting, editing for your light
Assignment: perfecting your work
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.