Join Darlene Hildebrandt, managing editor for the Digital Photography School web site and owner of Digital Photo Mentor, for a photography class on Available Light Portrait Photography that will touch on some of the basics of using available lighting (window light and reflectors) along with small flash as fill-light for portraits.
These techniques are great for child portraits or pet photography, done in your own home.
Two full days with Darlene Hildebrandt is a great way to learn ‘Available Light’. The class size was small which allowed for individual help and sharing. The information given to us by Darlene was very clear and easy to understand. Having time for ‘hands on’ practice and then sharing was very beneficial. – Brenda D.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course – I have attended a couple of seminars at a photography store, and have been disappointed with the level and presentation of the instruction. This course was fabulous and was filled with information, much of which was new to me and I felt challenged. When I left the course I was very happy that I had learned so much new information and techniques that I could go away and follow up on and practice. (I’m a kinesthetic learner!) I also enjoyed your sharing of tips throughout the day, and have already been able to impress a friend with the leaning forward pose to lose the double chin! – Anna E., Edmonton
What You Will Learn
- what equipment to use – camera, light meter, reflector kit, speedlights, light modifiers (minimal), light stands, tripod
- can be done with Point and Shoot style cameras except for the fill flash techniques
- how to set up for images lit by window light
- why the angle of lighting is this important and how to create and control it
- what is lighting ratio along with how to measure and control it
- things to watch out for that could ruin your portrait and how to correct for them
- camera shake, subject movement, harsh lighting, poor direction of lighting, spotting light
- how to choose when to use a white, silver, gold, transparent or even a black reflector and why
- how to balance fill flash with available or ambient light in the room or outdoors
- how to use bounce flash indoors as fill light
- adding an interesting element to the portrait (backgrounds, foregrounds, props)
What to Expect
- 12 hours of classroom instruction
- Hot lunch on both days
- Certificate of completion
- Small group size, limited to 12 participants
Prerequisites for the Class
- Completion of Digital Camera Fundamentals Class or equivalent
- DSLR (or equivalent) Camera with external flash hotshoe
- Tripod (recommended)
- (Optional) External Flash Unit
- Providence Renewal Centre
- 3005 – 119 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta
- $275 Canadian Dollars (plus tax).
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