Portraiture with Two Speedlights

A guide to harnessing the power of simple lighting tools in portrait photography.
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  • Lectures 27
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 9/2015 English

Course 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!


What are the 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.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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.

What 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

Section 1: Introduction to the Course
05:25

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

04:55

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.

02:58

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

Section 2: Equipment
02:10

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

02:49

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

01:21

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

03:03

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

Section 3: One Bare Speedlight
02:17

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

08:18

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

15:37

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.

Section 4: One Umbrella
03:55

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

04:58

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

10:37

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.

Section 5: Two Umbrellas
02:41

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

05:26

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

11:42

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.

Section 6: The Clamshell
01:52

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

05:15

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

08:59

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.

Section 7: The OctaBox
02:13

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

07:53

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

09:18

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, 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.

Section 8: The Square Softbox
02:41

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

06:16

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

04:19

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.

Section 9: Conclusion
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.

Section 10: Workbook
Workbook
69 pages

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Instructor Biography

McGunn Media, Professional Photograhers

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.

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