Digital Photography: Introduction to Lighting

Learn the basics of lighting through an introduction to the primary types and qualities of light.
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  • Lectures 11
  • Length 31 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 10/2013 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • 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

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

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

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

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

Section 2: Lighting: The Good and the Bad

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


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


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


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

Section 3: Types of Lighting

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


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

Section 4: Quality of Lighting

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


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

10 questions

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

Section 5: Shooting Project with Lighting

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

Section 6: Conclusion to Introduction to Lighting

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

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Instructor Biography

Christine Smith, 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.

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