Portraiture with Two Speedlights
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Portraiture with Two Speedlights

A guide to harnessing the power of simple lighting tools in portrait photography.
4.0 (31 ratings)
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312 students enrolled
Created by McGunn Media
Last updated 1/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the difference between the various lighting modifiers;
  • Use the lighting modifiers effectively to create stunning pro-looking portraiture;
  • Apply industry standard post-processing techniques to enhance the resulting photgraphs.
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Requirements
  • A camera that can use and trigger external speedlights;
  • A couple of speedlights that can be used off-camera, and compatible flash trigger system;
  • Lighting modifiers - we use two shoot-through and reflective umbrellas, an octagonal softbox, and a medium-sized square softbox;
  • Black and white photo reflectors or foam core boards;
  • Grip equipment - lightstands, a couple of reflector holders, flash brackets with umbrella mounting hole;
  • A computer with photo editing software;
  • Optional lightmeter;
  • Previous knowledge of how to setup and use the camera in manual exposure mode;
  • Previous knowledge on how to use your trigger system in conjunction with your speedlights.
Description

"Portraiture with Two Speedlights" is a course aimed at amateur and intermediate level photographers who wish to learn how to use a couple of speedlights and basic modifiers to enhance their portraiture lighting, and simple yet effective post-processing techniques to enhance the resulting images.

This course is organized in a simple to follow layout, with clear and concise explanations and examples of the subjects being demonstrated. "Portraiture with Two Speedlights" contains over 3 hours of video, as well as workbooks at the end of each chapter with further explanations, examples, and lighting diagrams.

If you always wondered how the pros light their portraits, jump in!


Who is the target audience?
  • Amateur and intermediate level photographers looking for a guide on using simple and effective lighting tools and post-processing techniques to create stunning portraiture.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction to the Course
3 Lectures 13:18

An introduction to Portraiture with Two Speedlights: what will be covered in this course, requirements, and objectives.

Preview 05:25

In this brief introduction to lighting we discuss the concepts that will be used throughout the course, such as light direction, apparent size of the light source and light power.

Preview 04:55

In this section we discuss how to use your light meter.

Using a Lightmeter
02:58
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Equipment
4 Lectures 09:23

In this section we will go through the equipment list required for this course in greater detail, starting with the camera.

Camera
02:10

Why speedlights? Pros, cons, and how to use them.

Speedlights
02:49

How to get your camera to talk to your speedlights: in this section we discuss triggers and their functions.

Triggers
01:21

Light modifiers: what they are, and how they work.

Light Modifiers
03:03
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One Bare Speedlight
3 Lectures 26:12

In this section we show how to set up for a shoot using a bare speedlight.

Intro
02:17

In this section we show a shoot with a bare speedlight.

Setup & Shoot
08:18

In this lecture we will go through the post-processing of the image created in the previous lecture. We will take the image straight out of camera and take you through Adobe Lightroom and into Adobe Photoshop.

We will show you how to process your image in Adobe Photoshop to correct colour in skin tones.

The photographs we use in this lecture are the ones that were obtained in our previous shoot lecture, so you will see how each image has been made from start to finish.

Post-Processing
15:37
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One Umbrella
3 Lectures 19:30

In this section we show how to set up for a shoot using a shoot-through umbrella as a light modifier.

Intro
03:55

In this section we show a shoot with a shoot-through umbrella as a light modifier.

Setup & Shoot
04:58

In this lecture we will go through the post-processing of the image created in the previous lecture. We will take the image straight out of camera and take you through Adobe Lightroom and into Adobe Photoshop.

We will show you how to use Adobe Photoshop to correct skin texture.

The photographs we use in this lecture are the ones that were obtained in our previous shoot lecture, so you will see how each image has been made from start to finish.

Post-Processing
10:37
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Two Umbrellas
3 Lectures 19:49

In this section we show you how to set up for a shoot using two umbrella light modifiers.

Intro
02:41

In this section we show you a shoot with two umbrella light modifiers and how they work in relation to each other.

Setup & Shoot
05:26

In this lecture we will go through the post-processing of the image created in the previous lecture. We will take the image straight out of camera and take you through Adobe Lightroom and into Adobe Photoshop.

We will show you how to process your image, and enhance eye technique.

The photographs we use in this lecture are the ones that were obtained in our previous shoot lecture, so you will see how each image has been made from start to finish.

Post-Processing
11:42
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The Clamshell
3 Lectures 16:06

In this section we show you how to set up for a shoot using two umbrella light modifiers in the classic clamshell position.

Intro
01:52

In this section we show you a shoot with two umbrella light modifiers in a clam shell position.

Setup & Shoot
05:15

In this lecture we will go through the post-processing of the image created in the previous lecture. We will take the image straight out of camera and take you through Adobe Lightroom and into Adobe Photoshop.

We will show you how to process your image, and introduce the technique known as "dodge and burn".

The photographs we use in this lecture are the ones that were obtained in our previous shoot lecture, so you will see how each image has been made from start to finish.

Post-Processing
08:59
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The OctaBox
3 Lectures 19:24

In this section we show you how to set up for a shoot using an Octagonal Umbrella Softbox, or "Octabox".

Intro
02:13

In this section we show you a shoot with an Octagonal Umbrella Softbox or "Octabox".

Setup & Shoot
07:53

In this lecture we will go through the post-processing of the image created in the previous lecture. We will take the image straight out of camera and take you through Adobe Lightroom and into Adobe Photoshop.

We will show you how to process your image, clone out stray hairs, and sharpen your image.

The photographs we use in this lecture are the ones that were obtained in our previous shoot lecture, so you will see how each image has been made from start to finish.

Post-Processing
09:18
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The Square Softbox
3 Lectures 13:16

In this section we show you how to set up for a shoot using a Square Softbox - the Westcott Apollo 28".

Intro
02:41

In this section we show you a shoot with a Square Soft box - the Westcott Apollo 28".

Setup & Shoot
06:16

In this lecture we will go through the post-processing of the image created in the previous lecture. We will take the image straight out of camera and take you through Adobe Lightroom.

We will show you how to use split toning in Adobe Lightroom.

The photographs we use in this lecture are the ones that were obtained in our previous shoot lecture, so you will see how each image has been made from start to finish.

Post-Processing
04:19
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Conclusion
1 Lecture 09:45

In this conclusion we show how the set ups and styles demonstrated in this course can be used to achieve different styles and looks.

Conclusion
09:45
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Workbook
1 Lecture 00:00
Workbook
69 pages
About the Instructor
McGunn Media
3.8 Average rating
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975 Students
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Based in the north of Portugal, McGunnMedia is a commercial photography company that specializes in people and tabletop photography. We explore and document the rich culture within this beautiful country, promoting it abroad.

McGunnMedia draws on the multimedia experience of co-founders Anna Gunn and Filipe Martins, combining strengths to achieve the desired results.

Both Anna and Filipe also lecture in local Universities in the visual and audio areas of multimedia.