Course: Artificial Light in Photography



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3 hours




Artificial Light in Photography Course Overview

If you’re interested in portrait photography, food photography, still life photography, or event photography, then you must learn how to work with artificial light.

Now, when it comes to artificial light, there are a lot of misconceptions about how to create artificial lighting setups, how to use flash modifiers, and more. 

Fortunately, I’m going to lay it all out for you.

I’ll take you through the fundamentals of artificial light, so that you have a solid grounding in lighting theory.

But I’ll also teach you plenty of practical tips for taking your artificial lighting skills to the next level. That way, you feel confident working with speedlights, studio strobes, and all the relevant accessories–including light meters, reflectors, and more.

Artificial lighting isn’t the easiest topic to master. 

But with a little patience, you’re going to be taking stunning shots with artificial light in no time at all! 


Completing this course will help you:

Who is the course for?

It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner, an advanced amateur, or a professional; if you don’t know how to work with artificial light, then this is the course for you.

Note that you don’t have to have lots of fancy lighting equipment to take this course, nor do you need a fancy camera. 

Sure, some of the lessons will discuss flashes and lighting modifiers. But you can often get away with just a single off-camera flash and careful use of (homemade) reflectors. 

So don’t feel intimidated. 

And start improving your artificial lighting skills today!

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Learning Path

Artificial light in photography is an intimidating subject, but don’t worry; this article will take you through all its ins-and-outs.

LESSON 1: Artificial Light Overview

Learning the flash photography basics will instantly improve your photographic skills. Discover what you can do with an off-camera flash.

LESSON 2: Flash Photography Basics

High contrast photography is striking and dramatic–but how do you create it? Master high contrast photography, fast!

LESSON 3: High Contrast Lighting

By understanding color temperature, you can create images with natural, accurate colors. Discover how to get rid of color casts in seconds!

LESSON 4: Color Temperature

Lighting patterns are a key part of any great portrait, still life, or product photography workflow. Discover everything you need to know!

LESSON 5: Lighting Patterns

Flash gels allow you to create accurate colors–and can also help you capture stunning, unique results. Discover how to use flash gels, fast.

LESSON 6: How to Use Flash Gels

Direct flash may not be pretty, but it has its place in modern photography. Discover how you can use direct flash for unique results.

LESSON 7: Direct Flash Photography

Rim light photography gives your subject a gorgeous, backlit glow–and it looks extremely professional. Discover how to create it, ASAP!

LESSON 8: Rim Light Photography

Bounce flash is a fantastic technique for soft, flattering portraits. Discover how you can use bounce flash for consistently gorgeous photos!

LESSON 9: Bounce Flash in Photography

Light meters may seem intimidating, but don’t worry. Discover how to use a light meter for consistently spot-on exposures.

LESSON 10: How to Use a Light Meter

What is split lighting? And how can you use it for amazing results? Discover everything you need to know for gorgeous photos!

LESSON 11: Split Lighting

Short lighting offers the potential for striking, dramatic portraits. But how does it work? And how do you create it?

LESSON 12: Short Lighting

Broad lighting is a common lighting technique, and one that every photographer should know. Discover how to use it for great results!
Lesson 13: Broad Lighting
Rembrandt lighting is flattering, dramatic, and all-around gorgeous. Discover how it works and how you can use it for stunning portraits.
Loop lighting is a very common, flattering lighting pattern–one that every photographer should know. Learn how it works for great results!
What is butterfly lighting, and how can you use it in your photography? Discover the secrets to this glamorous lighting pattern.
What is butterfly lighting, and how can you use it in your photography? Discover the secrets to this glamorous lighting pattern.

Lesson 18: Clamshell Lighting

Are You Ready to Master Composition in Your Photography?

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