Understanding Light: Natural Light Basics
with elizabeth blank
june 5, 2017
july 31, 2017
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Full Participation sold out.
This four week course will help you learn how to “find the light” and take your natural light photography to the next level! You will learn how to see and use light effectively, assessing the quality of the light and manipulating it through a varitety 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 photograph at any time of day, making the most of the light that is available at the time. 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 covered.
Weekly shooting required
4+ hours required per week
this course has prerequisites
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– students can practice with a natural reflector or a DIY reflector (more information will be provided during the course of the class), but some students may want to purchase a reflector.
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! Elizabeth’s work can be seen here.
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
• Four PDFs
• Instructor-Led Online Q&A for Each Lesson
• Personal Critiques of Weekly Assignments by Instructor
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
Find and Identify the Light; Quality, Direction, Color and Intensity; Reading the Light; Soft Light and Hard Light
Additive and Subtractive Light and the Tools You Need; Feathering, Filtering, Reflecting and Diffusing; The Science of Light; Making Hard Light Soft, Making Soft Light Hard; Natural and Dedicated Reflectors; Catchlights
Working In Different Light– Open Shade, Covered Shade, Window Light, 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;
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, instructor is 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 critiques 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.
Whether you are a Full Participation student or a Study Along student, the course materials are yours to keep.