Understanding Light

Understanding how light works in photography

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In this course you'll learn how to:

..how to transform an image step by step with light:

How to do "Reverse Engineering" and decode the lighting in other people's work:

Use the same lights and studio to create very different looks:

Impress your friends with in depth knowledge of scary sounding stuff like "inverse Square Law"

Learn the differences between types of lighting like flash, tungsten, daylight, and LED, where their respective strengths and weaknesses lie, and where to spend your hard-earned cash:

And what effect the most common modifiers have:

All of this is underpinned by a really sound understanding of the 4 basic characteristics of light - Direction, Quality, Quantity, and Colour. Once you understand these you can effectively light anything!

Besides a basic knowledge of how exposure works, and a camera which you can control manually, you don't need anything else to take this course. You'll finish it with an extensive lighting toolkit, and an understanding of light that will not only serve you for the rest of your photographic life, but will make your images look stunning.

Your Instructor

Tom Miles
Tom Miles

Hi, I'm Tom Miles, or "Photosmudger" as some have come to know me! I've got more than 20 years experience in professional photography, have shot over 100 magazine covers, photographed all over the world for a host of commercial clients and magazines, and lectured at dozens of universities in the UK on behalf of Nikon and Calumet. You can see the sort of work I shoot at www.tmphoto.co.uk

Photography has been my passion since I was 15 years old, and I love igniting that passion in other people. My courses focus on practical matters that can make a big difference to your learning, but I'm not afraid to get stuck into more esoteric topics like creativity as well.

Class Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much photographic knowledge will I need to take the course?
You'll need a basic understanding of how exposure works - which can be found in my Technical Foundations course - if you've not taken it already! A camera that you can set manually will be very handy too. Beyond that, you can take this course with any camera you like, and it's suitable for someone who's just mastered the basics, right up to those who still wrestle with some of the fundamental aspects of lighting.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
As long as you like! After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. Start, stop, re-start at any time and on any device, take the learning at your own pace.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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