Have you ever heard a photographer say, “Oh the light there is perfect,” and not understood what they meant? Do you feel like you have trouble finding good lighting while you are out with a camera?
Spotting great lighting is not a gift, it is Skill. It is a learned art, one that artists like Caravaggio used to become one of the greatest artists of the Baroque era. From generation to generation every famous photographer of the 20th century used these techniques, which can be found on the covers of Vogue to National Geographic. Claude Monet and Michelangelo did not “hope” for good lighting, they knew exactly where to find and now, you will know where to look too!
This course looks at finding light, anytime, anywhere in the world. Whether you are on the streets in Berlin or inside of your friend’s home...creating pictures that glow is something that you can practice and master be knowing where to look. This is a comprehensive solution to lighting that does not rely on “post production” or “expensive equipment” to make great photographs.
A Room for Improvement is the first photography program that starts training your most important tool, Your Eyes. While most of the photography world is obsessed with gear and post production, the real secret to taking amazing images is learning how to see like an artist. Join artist & photographer Adam Marelli as he shares the tools, lessons, and training that classical artist use to bring images to life. As a trained photographer, painter, and sculptor Marelli combines twenty years of art eduction into simple to follow lessons that you can do in your own backyard.
Marelli uses his own work and the famous artists who influenced his work to reveal "how artists work" and "how they learned to see in a completely unique way." For centuries these concepts were reserved for artist guilds and apprenticeships, but for the first time they are being put in a language available to photographers.
By the end of this program, you will understand why photographers always say that "the equipment doesn't matter." Learning to see like an artist is one of the single most fulfilling steps on the way to becoming a better photographer. In addition to improving your own work, you will be able to walk into any gallery or museum in the world and know, with full certainty, whether you are looking at a great piece of art or not.
In part 1, we will review the lessons learned from your assignment from episode No 002, and see why "Finding Light" is the next logical step.
In part 2, we will look at the magical qualities of light that can be hard to put into words, so lets look at some of the artwork that has inspired me over the years.
In part 3, we explore three types of light that artists have used over the centuries. They come in the form of Relief, work that glows from the inside, and light that falls on the subject. Once you understand the type of light you are using, it becomes easier to find it while you are shooting.
In part 4, we will take an in depth look at how Caravaggio studied the light on the streets of Rome to transform his paintings from common Renaissance knock offs to Baroque masterpieces.
In part 5, we will look at the three lighting schemes: Frontal Light, Back Light, and Side Light along with examples for artists who built entire careers on these techniques.
In part 6, we look at one of the fathers of Impressionism Claude Monet. In order to build his skills Monet would often paint the same exact subject at different times of the day. This allowed him to understand how and when to find the best lighting for his painting.
In part 7, we will use Johannes Vermeer to see how architecture holds the secrets to finding light. I show examples of my own work where the architecture reveals hot spots for successful pictures.
In the assignment you will receive a summary of all of the lessons we learned with a list of exercises to practice your new techniques. After completing these assignment Finding Light will feel automatic.
In 2010, artist & photographer Adam Marelli opened the doors of his studio to train photographers in the lost lessons of classical art. After the success of his “One on One Mentoring Program” he was invited to give an experimental lecture at B&H Photo Event Space in New York City. The first lecture “Bridging the Gap” (170,000+ views) connected the worlds of art and photography for the first time, in a language designed for photographers. Following the success of his first lecture, he was invited for a second lecture “How to talk to Strangers” (over 180,000+ views) which was highest reviewed lecture in B&H Photo history.
When Marelli is not in the studio, he runs projects and workshops internationally under the “Adam Marelli Workshops” program. With a calendar of sold out workshops, he wanted to make his teachings available online to a larger audience because he knows that everyone can become a better photographer. Now all you have to do is join his lectures to see why he believes that Success is not Accidental.
Adam Marelli (b. 1980) | Artist & Photographer based in New York City (USA) | graduated from New York University (sculpture & photography) | Apprenticeships with a master builder (10 years) and zen monks (7 years) before opening his studio | Member of The Explorer’s Club AR’13 | Exhibits sculpture and photography internationally | Represented by Invisible-Exports | Instructor at Leica Akademie (NYC) | Runs international photography workshops where he teaches the lost lessons of classical design | Works and writings featured in NY Times, GQ, Forbes, Surface Magazine, The Gothamist, Art Photo Feature, Doc! Photo, Leica Blog, Phaidon Press, Origin Magazine.