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Bob Davis' Professional Photography Lighting Techniques

Digital photography expert Bob Davis shares his professional lighting techniques and the various types of light he uses.
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Description
Master lighting techniques with Bob Davis on your own terms with this one-of-a-kind video training course.

Digital photography expert Bob Davis shares his professional lighting techniques and the various types of light he uses in his shoots in this video training offering. Through these hands-on tutorials, Davis teaches you the differences between the quality of light and the quantity of light and shows how to enhance light sources for optimal results. Davis provides expert, straight-forward, user-friendly training to help you tackle new topics the way you want to learn.

Master basic skills, boost your creativity, and challenge yourself in bold new directions. Includes visual demonstrations to show how Bob uses different types of light, such as natural or mixed, and also lighting tools, such as the camera and its settings, camera gels and speed light, reflectors and strobes, and light meter explains how to apply these lighting techniques to your own on-location shoots.

Covers each piece of the professional equipment Davis uses for lighting and how to get the best results with them Includes over 5 hours of Bob Davis professional lighting techniques video training If you're looking for real-world lighting technique instruction from a true professional, you'll find it here.

Who is the target audience?
  • Any level photographer looking to take their hobby or business to the next level.
  • The photographer who wants to learn more about lighting and how to get the most from natural light and lighing equiptment.
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What Will I Learn?
Learn the differences between the quality of light and the quantity of light and how to enhance light sources to improve the quality of light.
Modify these light sources so that you can improve the quality of light in your images by shaping the light from direct, harsh-looking light to soft, diffused light in order to flatter the people in your images.
Learn how to work with the different settings on your camera in a variety of situations.
How you can use your on-camera flash to bounce the light and capture clean, beautifully diffused images
Create cool effects in your portraits by adding color to the background with gels.
Will discuss the pros and cons of studio strobes to achieve desired lighting effects. 
Control all speedlites with your camera as the master speedlite, using a wireless trigger.
Learn about adding highlights to the eyes.
Learn to shoot in harsh lighting situations on location.
Shoot on location out in the environment vs. shooting in an controlled environment setting like a studio.
Discover how to use light modifiers to create a larger light source.
Balance color and light using speedlights, Kelvin adjustments, and a light meter.
Explore techniques to modify your light source; Apollo Orb, Apollo Halo, refelctive unbrellas and more
Learn what type of equipment to take on a shoot and what you can find in Bob's camera bag.
Using a mix of studio lighting, Bob Davis shows you how to create deep shadow images with hard light.
Bob takes you on location. Learn what type of equipment to take on a shoot and what you can find in Bob's camera bag.
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Requirements
  • This course is focused on lighting techniques, it's helpful to have a flash camera to practice what you have learned.
  • There are no previous requirements in order to take this course; you do not need to own lighting epuiptment to take this course. This is a great course to learn about the equiptment, how to use it and either purchase or rent what you think you need.
Curriculum For This Course
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Professional Photography Lighting Techniques
4 Lectures 18:30
Professional Photographer and seeker of light, Bob Davis, shares his experience to teach you about the differences between the quality of light and the quantity of light and how to enhance light sources to improve the quality of light.
Preview 01:12

Bob Davis discusses how to use available light sources to their best advantage. This video covers how to modify these light sources so that you can improve the quality of light in your images by shaping the light from direct, harsh-looking light to soft, diffused light in order to flatter the people in your images.
Preview 02:51

In this video, you learn about using the Canon 600EXRT Speedlite, the flash that is used throughout this Digital Classroom series.
Preview 07:19

Learn how to work with the different settings on your camera in a variety of situations. Most importantly are adjusting the shutter speed, ISO, and aperture to get the best exposure for your images. Bob Davis shares tips for ways to get creative with your shots and successfully capture great images.
Setting Up Your Camera for Your Shoot — ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture
07:08
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Lighting Tips and Tricks
25 Lectures 02:54:37
In this video, Bob starts by discussing available light and then moves on to camera flash, bouncing on-camera flash, and using light modifiers with the on camera flash so that you can see the evolution of light in the shots.
Photographing in Available Light
04:54

Bob Davis demonstrates how you can use your on-camera flash to bounce the light and capture clean, beautifully diffused images. Discover professional techniques anyone can employ in challenging light situations that will create better balanced images void of harsh shadows.
Using On-Camera Flash with a Speedlight
09:25

In this video, you learn how to use light modifiers to enhance the light falling on your subject. Light modifiers help send the light around the subject, creating softer, more balanced light and resulting in great quality captures.
Bouncing and Modifying Your Light
08:35

Learn about the advantages of using an off-camera flash to help achieve depth and dimensionality in your images. This video features professional instruction from Bob Davis on how to manipulate shadows and light to bring creativity to the lighting effects in your photography.
Using Off-Camera Speedlight
09:38

Using an off-camera flash to backlight your subject, Bob Davis shares his expertise and teaches you how to create beautiful catchlights in your images.
Creating a Hair Light — Creative One Off-Camera Speedlight
04:08

Create cool effects in your portraits by adding color to the background with gels. Bob Davis walks you through setting up the shot using colored gels and light modifiers.

Using Gels and Adding Color
06:07

In this video, you learn the best techniques for effectively using a flash with a point-and-shoot camera.
Using a Point and Shoot with Off-Camera Flash
01:20

Learn how to shoot in mixed lighting envirnonments without compromising the light or color in your images. In this video Bob Davis discusses how to balance color and light using speedlights, Kelvin adjustments, and a light meter.
Shooting in Mixed Lighting
16:31

In this video, you learn about the advantages of and how to best use natural light.
Shooting Portraits in Natural Light
06:15

In this video, you learn how to use a reflector as a light modifier to help fill in shadows and amp up the highlights in your captures.
Using a Reflector
06:50

In this video, you learn about the importance of smooth interaction with your model, whether it be a paid professional, a friend, or a relative.
Interacting with Models
00:55

Unlike speedlights, studio strobes are high power, high output flashes that can give you big light. In this video we discuss the pros and cons of studio strobes to achieve desired lighting effects.
Introduction to Studio Strobes
05:26

Follow Bob Davis on a live shoot using studio strobes. Unlike the speedlights demonstrated in previous videos, he shows you how studio strobes allow you to get big light into your captures and create dramatic images.
Photographing with Studio Strobes
06:24

Go further in-depth with studio lighting as Bob Davis demonstrates how to achieve a high fashion look using a parabolic umbrella as a reflector. The parabolic umbrella creates a wrap around, shadowless look against the white background.
Using Studio Strobe with Umbrella as a Light Modifier
06:51

Bob Davis continues the studio shoot using a softbox and cross lighting to achieve a dramatic, high key effect.
Using a Softbox and Cross Lighting
08:06

Using a mix of studio lighting, Bob Davis shows you how to create deep shadow images with hard light.
Creating a Three-Light Studio Shoot — Hard Light
04:27

In this video, you will understand the importance of light placement in a studio environment.
Setting Up Light Placement
09:40

In this video, you'll learn to control all speedlites with your camera as the master speedlite, using a wireless trigger.
Getting Creative with Wireless Triggers
04:55

In this video, you'll get a clear understanding what Kelvin color temperature is and how to creatively use it.
Introduction to Kelvin Color Temperature
08:06

In this video, you learn about light metering and how to appropriately set your camera settings for specific lighting scenerios.
Metering the Scene
10:14

In this video, you learn about getting an accurate exposure by reading the in-camera histogram
Reading Exposure with Your In-Camera Histogram
05:57

In this video, you'll learn about adding highlights to the eyes.
Adding Highlights to the Eyes
03:35

In this video, you learn to use a wireless off-camera speedlight to get correct exposure, but also add a catchlight to the eyes.
Adding a Wireless Off-Camera Speedlight
03:45

In this video, you learn how to setup a fun and cool lighting situation using groups of speedlites and your imagination.
Creating Rock-Star Lighting
13:37

In this video, you learn more cool lighting tips and techniques that you can apply and make your own.
Creating Spot Light and Fill Flash Using Kelvin
08:56
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On Location
9 Lectures 01:02:24
In this video, you learn to shoot in harsh lighting situations on location.
On Location—Alley in Direct Sunlight
13:30

In this video, you'll learn to shoot on location out in the environment vs. shooting in an controlled environment setting like a studio.
On Location—Chicago Park, Driving to the Shoot
03:11

In this video, you learn how to set up for on-location outdoor shooting.
On Location — Chicago Park, Setting Up for the Shoot
05:19

In this video, you learn about outdoor on-location shooting. This video is shot at a Chicago park.
On Location — Chicago Park Shoot
04:36

In this video, you learn about outdoor on-location shooting. This video is shot at a Chicago beach.
On Location — Chicago Beach Shoot
05:06

In this video, you learn about outdoor on-location shooting. This video is shot at a Chicago pedestrian tunnel.
On Location — Light at the End of the Tunnel
04:33

In this video, you learn about an outdoor on-location night shoot and how to get the best lighting. This video is shot at night in Chicago.
On Location — Night Shoot in the City
11:06

In this video, you learn about getting the best lighting during an outdoor on-location shoot at night. This video is shot at night in Chicago with a graffiti-covered wall as the background.
On Location — Continuous Light — Graffiti Wall
07:06

In this video, you learn how to use light modifiers to create a larger light source.
Using Light Modifiers
07:57
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Tools of the Trade
10 Lectures 43:56
In this video, you learn how to use an Appollo Orb to modify your light source.
Equipment — Apollo Orb and Strip Light Softboxes
07:19

In this video, you learn how to use a reflective umbrella to bounce, shape, and diffuse light.
Equipment — Bounce Umbrella
01:50

In this video, you learn how to modify your light source using the Apollo Halo.
Equipment — Studio Light Modifiers — Apollo Halo
07:11

In this video, you learn about using softbox light modifiers.
Equipment — Softbox Light Modifiers
04:34

In this video, you learn how to use grids to modify your light source.
Equipment — Grids
02:20

In this video, you learn how to use a neutral density filter to get the full output from your strobes.
Equipment — Neutral-Density Filter
01:39

In this video, you learn how to shape natural light using a reflector.
Equipment — Reflectors
03:29

In this video, you learn how to use a reflector stand.
Equipment — Reflector Stand
00:54

In this video, learn what type of equipment to take on a shoot and what you can find in Bob's camera bag.
Equipment — What’s in My Camera Bag
11:26

In this video, learn about the different types of lighting equipment Bob takes on location.
Equipment — Westcott WTF Lighting Kit
03:14
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