Lighting Asylum

It's time to stop taking pictures! Learn how to make them with this flash photography tutorial.
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  • Lectures 17
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2013 English

Course Description

The Lighting Asylum!!!

Declare your independence from bad light! Our long awaited primer on flash photography is finished and just waiting for you. This course is not just another “place your lights here” tutorial. Rather, it takes you through what you need to be a great photographer; incredible new techniques you can start implementing today!

We explain larger concepts about lighting; things like:

  • What makes light soft?
  • What is a stop of light?
  • What does flash do for your photo …and why to even try and master it?

Learn the 5 most important pillars of flash photography!

By gaining an understanding of these 5 foundations, you will find that flash photography will becomes easy, consistent and fun!

Think of it as a lighting boot camp.


What are the requirements?

  • Only requirement is a desire to take better photos by learning to master their flash.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Lighting Asylum gives you the “whys” of lighting rather than just recipes.

Who is the target audience?

  • Intended for those who wish 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: Intro to the Lighting Asylum

In the first lesson we take a quick look at what it really takes to be a “pro” photographer, and do you have what it takes? Is creativity something you’re born with or is something you can cultivate? My greatest desire with this lesson is to inspire you to just get out there and start creating great stuff!

Section 2: Know your Equipment

I don’t know about you but I have never found myself at a live concert obsessing over what brand of instrument the musicians using?  I doubt you have.  You’re impressed with the skill of the musician rather than the branding of the equipment. So why as photographers do we care so much about what each other is shooting? I think we do it because we can always use the excuse that our pictures would be better if we had better equipment.


We've talked about the importance of getting out there and doing it and we've talked about the importance of understanding your equipment.  Now I want to talk a little bit about understanding your craft.

Section 3: Intro to Lighting

I also love natural light, but when somebody tells me their love of natural light is the reason they do not shoot flashes, all I hear is “I don’t know how to use flash”!


The softness of light, how often have we heard the light is too harsh and we need to soften it up? What does that even mean? Can we really soften light?

Section 4: 5 Components/Variables of Flash Exposure

Component number one is aperture, flash happens at a fraction of a second; aperture controls the amount of light falling onto your sensor.


Shutter speed is simply the amount of time the shutter is held open while you’re taking a picture.  Because flash happens so quickly shutter speed has little effect on flash exposure. But it has everything to do with the ambient light…


Before we move on to the three final components of flash exposure, lets take a moment and put Aperture and Shutter Speed together in the quick exercise.


How does flash power play in to all of this?  Do you really even need to know anything about flash power?  Can't I just control the stops of light by my aperture? These are all real good questions.  But by understanding flash power I once again increase my exposure options.


To fully understand the next component, flash to subject distance, we need to talk about the inverse square law. Flash to subject distance is another option we have for controlling flash exposure.


The last component, ISO is just one more way to gain or lose a stop of light. Outside of the studio I am constantly changing my ISO, because the lighting in the world around me is constantly changing.  ISO is like my best friend.

Section 5: Putting it all Together
It's review time! Now that we have a grasp on the five components of flash exposure let's put it to the test!
Now, go out there and take some pictures. Have fun. Get crazy with your lighting.  Get yourself committed to the lighting asylum.
Section 6: Extras
Learn how to create a wedding (or senior portrait, model, even family portrait) shot that will get you more jobs and sell more prints. I bride cannot say no to a gallery wrapped canvas print done in this style.

This lesson tells you everything you need to know to make an iconic portrait over and over again.
Just a few tips on how I would do a simple model shoot with minimal equipment.
I once heard my friend Karen say that every woman deserves a beautiful picture of herself! We work in what tends to be a very shallow profession, one where beauty captures the headlines and the rest of us "real" people sometimes watch from the sidelines. 

Think about the people in your life, outside of my workshops I really don't know too many models... However, I know a lot of "beautiful" people! My job as a photographer is to capture that beauty; I want those that step away from my lens to go away with a photo that captures their beautiful self.

I have a short video from a client shoot, the client agreed to let us video the session to create this for you. I want you to come away with two things; first, I approach every client the same way and do my best to make them look as beautiful as I can. Secondly, there is something I try to stress in every workshop, and that is, keep moving! Get those few good shots and then either you move or they move...

If you are in the business or looking to get into the portrait business, it's very hard to sell two of the same shots. So, when you get it right, change it up and create a different photo for them to purchase...
Section 7: Course Workbook
78 pages
View and/or download the workbook for a step by step visual aid.

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Instructor Biography

Mark Behrens, Photography Instructor

Lighting Asylum has been branching out! In 2014 the Asylum team has been busy creating more video courses! Many outside of the photography arena, our commitment is to creating courses not only full of content but enjoyable to watch!

Mark Behrens, founder of the Lighting Asylum has been shooting high-quality photographs for over twenty years. Always interested in teaching others the art of good photography, he began conducting workshops emphasizing the various aspects of photography. These workshops have now been attended by thousands of amateur and professional photographers from around the world. As well, he reaches thousands of photographers through his websites.

Whether in a college classroom or at his latest workshop, Mark relies on a down-to-earth style to teach basic and advanced photographic techniques. He can never be found without a camera, believing that every good photographer lives and breathes photography.

His studio in California is always abuzz with a wide variety of activity. On any given day he may be found working with celebrities, professional athletes, Olympians, top musicians, photographing commercially for the automotive and other industries, or taking contemporary family portraits. Mark’s work has been featured in major automotive publication, celebrity non-profit endorsement ads, ESPN, as well as used for corporate branding.

When not working in his studio or conducting workshops, Mark spends most of his free time with his wife and three adopted children. Together, they enjoy boating, camping, hiking and riding quads in the mountains near their home in Northern, California.

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