Digital Photography: Introduction to Lighting
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Digital Photography: Introduction to Lighting

Learn the basics of lighting through an introduction to the primary types and qualities of light.
3.2 (5 ratings)
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Created by Christine Smith
Last updated 10/2013
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What Will I Learn?
  • Students will learn about the basic types of lighting
  • Students will learn about the basic qualities of lighting
  • Students will be introduced to the concepts of external and on-camera lighting
  • Students will be introduced to the concepts of natural and artifical light
  • Students will be able to correctly identify lighting sources and needs as related to digital photography
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  • Computer with internet (for course downloads and viewing)
  • Digital camera to complete assignments
  • Interest in learning more about the basics of photography lighting
  • Willing to complete the assignments and practice, to integrate learning

If you're anything like I was when I started photographing professionally nearly 10-years ago, you're intimidated to try out external lighting for your photography. I almost let fear win, but then I learned: "It's just light."

In this course I will help you transform your understanding and thinking about lighting for your photography through video lectures, images reviews, course downloads, and assignments throughout designed to integrate your learning.

Students will walk through the course by covering the basic types and qualities of lighting, including sample photos of each along the way.

Designed to be complete over the weekend you can complete the course as fast or slow as you like - while working on your lighting knowledge and skills independently in between sections.

Take this course if you want to free yourself of the fear of lighting, or if you're looking to incorporate something new and exciting in your photography! Liberate yourself and take advantage of all that photography has to offer through learning about lighting's options, uses, and functions.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who is interested in the fundamentals of external lighting for photography
  • Photography students and hobbyists who desire to learn how to better control light in their photographs
  • Natural Light photographers who want to take their photography to the next level
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Curriculum For This Course
1 Lecture 04:23

In this introduction I outline what the class covers, where we're headed, and a few tips to ensure a successful learning experience.

Introduction to Lighting
Lighting: The Good and the Bad
4 Lectures 12:52

In Bad Lighting I briefly talk about how we begin to identify bad lighting.

Bad Lighting Lesson

In this first assignment you experience and analyze bad lighting for yourself, which helps you develop your "eye" for photography lighting.

Bad Lighting Assignment

Further developing your eye for photography lighting, in this assignment you find, look at, and critique samples of good lighting.

Good Lighting Assignment

Listen and see as I talk through the lighting in six different lighting environments.

Preview 09:35
Types of Lighting
2 Lectures 05:33

In this lecture I cover the two basic types of lighting.

Preview 04:24

In this assignment you'll examine the types of lighting covered in the previous lecture.

Preview 01:09
Quality of Lighting
2 Lectures 06:39

In this lecture I review the primary qualities of lighting in photography, giving you visual examples of each.

Quality of Lighting

Take the information from the previous lecture to the next level in this assignment, focused on helping you assess qualities of light.

Quality of Lighting Assignment

Test your intake on what we've covered so far about qualities and types of lighting.

Lighting Fundamentals Quiz
10 questions
Shooting Project with Lighting
1 Lecture 00:22

Get prepared to go out and create or adjust your own lighting environment in this lesson (see assignment download).

Shooting Assignment
Conclusion to Introduction to Lighting
1 Lecture 01:09

A final farewell and quick review for Introduction to Lighting. Plus a coupon code for future courses.

Concluding Lighting Lecture
About the Instructor
Christine Smith
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Professional Photographer & Instructor

Trained in journalism at the undergraduate level, Christine has worked in the photography industry for over ten years. In 2006, she and her husband opened their own wedding and portrait business. They have been serving wedding, portrait, and corporate clients ever since.

Christine began teaching photography in 2007, and specializes in communicating complex or technical information in relatable terms for the non-professional to individuals or groups.

Christine's photography clients describe her style as: emotional, intimate, and classic.