Single Light Photography with the Westcott Apollo 28"
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Single Light Photography with the Westcott Apollo 28"

A complete guide to using one of the most popular tools in the photography market
4.5 (30 ratings)
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Created by McGunn Media
Last updated 11/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 6.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand speedlights and control their exposure;
  • Apply off-camera flash lighting principles with confidence;
  • Get the best use out of the speedlight's inherent limitations;
  • Use the Apollo 28" effectively in a host of different situations, either as the only light source in an image, or together with natural light to create more complex lighting scenarios;
  • Apply basic post-processing techniques to further enhance their images.
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Requirements
  • To take advantage of this course, students will need a camera that allows the use of external, off-camera lights (DSLR or mirrorless with hot-shoe or internal wireless trigger system), as well as a speedlight / strobe and respective triggering system.
  • Students will also need to have working knowledge of their camera, including how to set your exposure modes, shutter speed, aperture and ISO.
  • This course was designed around the Westcott Apollo 28" and accessories, but the principles still apply to any similar sized softbox.
  • Photo editing and processing software, such as Adobe Lightroom and / or Photoshop, will also allow the students to take more advantage of the post-processing chapters in the course.
Description

Single Light Photography with the Westcott Apollo 28" is a course aimed at amateur and intermediate level photographers who wish to learn how to use a single, inexpensive light source and an incredibly versatile medium sized softbox modifier to take their photography up a few notches, and apply simple yet effective post-processing techniques to enhance the resulting images.

This course is organized in a simple to follow layout:

  • In Section 1, we provide an introduction to the course, detailing the goals and requirements;
  • In Section 2, we explain in detail all the equipment we will be using along this course;
  • In Section 3, we teach the "tech stuff": all the basic knowledge behind speedlight exposure that will assist you in determining the best course of action for each scenario you'll find as a photographer;
  • In Section 4, we start shooting - a simple studio headshots with a single light source and a variety of looks;
  • In Section 5, we go outside and shoot an outdoors portrait, applying more of the knowledge gained in section 3;
  • In Section 6, we go back to the studio to shoot food, using our single light to create dramatic, storytelling light;
  • In Section 7, we go back outside and shoot a picnic, again applying all the principles from section 4;
  • In Section 8, we take a model to a location and shoot for the whole day - and demonstrate how this simple light can assist you in achieving different looks and feelings in your images.

Every section provides clear and concise explanations and examples of the subjects being demonstrated. Single Light Photography with the Westcott Apollo 28" contains over 6 hours of video, including screen captures of the post-processing sections so you can follow along.

If you want to take your first steps in the world of off-camera flash, or learn how to make the best use of your speedlight and medium sized softbox, jump right in.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is ideal for photographers who are starting out on their off-camera lighting journey and are looking for a complete tutorial that takes them from pressing the "on" button on the speedlight to creating amazing images with an extremely simple but versatile tool.
  • This course is probably not for the advanced photographer who already knows all the principles related to off-camera lighting and how to use modifiers.
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Curriculum For This Course
32 Lectures
06:39:30
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0. Introduction to the course
1 Lecture 05:56
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1. Equipment
4 Lectures 29:05

In this lecture we explain what speedlights are, and their main advantages and disadvantages. We also explain what to look for in speedlights and triggers to use for this course.

Preview 06:15

In this lecture we introduce you to our modifier of choice, the Westcott Apollo. We go over the “whys” and “hows”, and show you how to set it up. 

1.2 Softbox
09:52

In this lecture we show you an additional modifier to use with the softbox, the eggcrate grid, and why you will definitely want one.

1.3 The Grid
04:48

In this lecture we introduce a few inexpensive, invaluable tools that allow you to further tailor your lighting without breaking the bank: reflectors and boards.

1.4 Boards Reflectors
08:10
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2. Tech Stuff
3 Lectures 31:39

In this first technical lecture, we go over how the speedlight exposure is created, and how it differs from regular “continuous light” exposure. We outline the variables that control both the exposures, and which ones allow independent control.

2.1 Speedlight power vs. exposure
07:27

In the second technical lecture, we take an in-depth look at the relationship between shutter speed and speedlight exposure. We explore the inherent shutter speeds limitations due to camera design, and explain the difference between first / front and second /rear curtain sync.

2.2 Shutter speeds & Strobes
07:32

In this third and final technical lecture, we take the knowledge acquired in the last two lectures about exposure for continuous light and speedlights and explore how to use them simultaneously. We discuss the limitations of shooting with this kind of simple equipment, and outline strategies to use the exposure variables to get to your desired look.

2.3 Working with Flash and Ambient light
16:40
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3. A simple studio headshot
5 Lectures 01:19:58

In this first practical section, we’ll be shooting a simple headshot in the studio, using the tools available to us in a few different setups. In this short introduction we outline our starting setup and settings, in preparation for the next lecture.

3.1 Intro
03:31

In this lecture, we go through several single light setups to create an array of different looks for a simple headshot in the studio.

3.2 The Shoot
20:23

In this lecture, we take you through our image selection process, and show you what we’re looking for while picking the best photograph out of a full session.

3.3 Image selection
15:04

In this lecture we take the photo we chose in the previous section, and walk you through the first postprocessing stage using Adobe Lightroom. Here we develop the raw file, doing all the basic colour and exposure adjustments, in preparation for the final Photoshop work.

3.4 Postprocessing I - Lightroom
13:12

In this lecture we show you how we process the image we prepared in the previous lecture, from pixel manipulation such as fixing skin blemishes, to the final colour adjustments.

3.5 Postprocessing II - Photoshop
27:48
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4. Outdoors Portrait
5 Lectures 01:02:47

In this section, we’ll be shooting an outdoors portrait in 3 different lighting scenarios. In this short introduction we’ll outline our starting setup and exposure settings, in preparation for the shoot.

4.1 Intro
03:49

In this lecture we’ll take you through the portrait session outdoors. We’ll begin by using the Westcott Apollo as a fill light for the sun, then matching the ambient exposure, and finally using it as key light with low ambient for a dramatic look.

4.2 The Shoot
11:01

In this lecture we take you through our image selection process, and show you what we’re looking for while picking the best photograph out of a full session.

4.3 Image selection
17:08

In this lecture we take the photo we chose in the previous section, and walk you through the first postprocessing stage using Adobe Lightroom. Here we develop the raw file, doing all the basic colour and exposure adjustments, in preparation for the final Photoshop work.

4.4 Postprocessing I - Lightroom
04:11

In this lecture we show you how we process the image we prepared in the previous section, from pixel manipulation such as fixing skin blemishes, to the final colour adjustments.

4.5 Postprocessing II - Photoshop
26:38
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5. Indoors Food Photography - Shooting cakes in the studio
4 Lectures 01:03:01

In this section, we’ll be shooting food in the studio – and not just any type of food: we’re shooting cake! In this short introduction we’ll outline our starting setup and exposure settings, in preparation for the shoot.

5.1 Intro
03:58

In this lecture we’ll take you through the cake photography session. We’ll begin by shooting a very dark chocolate cake, then change the setup entirely for a light coloured cake, while trying to retain all the lovely textures.

5.2 The Shoot
26:29

In this lecture we’ll walk you through the first postprocessing stage using Adobe Lightroom. Here we develop the raw file, doing all the basic colour and exposure adjustments, in preparation for the final Photoshop work.

5.3 Postprocessign I - Lightroom
08:01

In this lecture we show you how we process the image we prepared in the previous section, from pixel manipulation such as fixing blemishes, to the final colour adjustments.

5.4 Cake in Studio - PS.
24:33
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6. Outdoors Food Photography - Shooting a picnic outdoors
4 Lectures 45:20

In this section, we’ll be shooting a picnic outdoors. In this short introduction we’ll outline our starting setup and exposure settings, in preparation for the shoot.

6.1 Intro
02:51

In this lecture we’ll take you through the picnic session. We’ll begin by using the Westcott Apollo as the fill light for direct sunlight, then matching the exposures, and finally using it to “replace” the sun, providing some punch and direction to the ambient light.

6.2 The Shoot
20:13

In this lecture we’ll walk you through the first postprocessing stage using Adobe Lightroom. Here we develop the raw file, doing all the basic colour and exposure adjustments, in preparation for the final Photoshop work.

6.3 Postprocessing I - Lightroom
03:12

In this lecture we show you how we process the image we prepared in the previous section, from pixel manipulation such as fixing blemishes, to the final colour adjustments.

6.4 Postprocessing II - Photoshop
19:04
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7. Outdoors Model Shoot - Shooting a model on location
5 Lectures 01:20:52

In this section, we’ll be shooting a model on location – a rooftop on a sunny (and very windy) day. In this short introduction we’ll outline our starting setup and exposure settings, in preparation for the shoot.

7.1 Intro
02:05

In this lecture we’ll take you through the portrait session on location. We’ll begin by shooting in the shade, using the Westcott Apollo as the key light, then go through a few different variations as the day progresses and the sunlight changes. We explore using the Apollo with and without the front diffuser panel, and create some interesting light patterns using the grid.

7.2 The Shoot
26:53

In this lecture we take you through our image selection process, and show you what we’re looking for while picking the best photograph out of a full session.

7.3 Image selection
14:59

In this lecture we take the photo we chose in the previous section, and walk you through the first postprocessing stage using Adobe Lightroom. Here we develop the raw file, doing all the basic colour and exposure adjustments, in preparation for the final Photoshop work.

7.4 Postprocessing I - Lightroom
09:09

In this lecture we show you how we process the image we prepared in the previous section, from pixel manipulation such as fixing skin blemishes, to the final colour adjustments.

7.5 Postprocessing II - Photoshop
27:46
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8. Conclusions
1 Lecture 00:52

In this final lecture we show you the final images from each previous section. We hope you have enjoyed this course as much as we enjoyed creating it for you, and we’d love to see your imagery created with these tools, so drop us a line and show us your work!

8 Conclusion
00:52
About the Instructor
McGunn Media
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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.