Lighting Tutorials

Learn the secrets of lighting for photography, video, and animation in our expert-taught video tutorials. In these photo lighting courses, you'll explore studio lighting, lighting for 3D virtual environments, outdoor shooting, and how to use a reflector, strobe, softbox, and other gear that can help you take well-lit shots.

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  • view course page for The DIY Photographer

    The DIY Photographer with Joseph Linaschke

    Every other week, learn how to build an accessory that will improve your photography.

    21m 9s
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  • view course page for Exploring Photography: Backlighting

    Explore the creative options and challenges presented by backlighting in photography.

    42m 8s
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  • view course page for Lighting and Photographing a Still Life

    Learn techniques for lighting a still-life scene and processing the images using Adobe Photoshop in this "mini" course.

    24m 47s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Shooting a Photo Essay in 60 Minutes

    See how a world-class photojournalist approaches the challenge of telling a photographic story with less than hour's shooting time.

    38m 11s
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  • view course page for Shooting a Soccer Action Photo

    Award-winning action and lifestyle photographer Kevin Steele shows how to capture the intensity of soccer on camera.

    1h 9m
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  • view course page for Foundations of Photography: Flash

    Learn the concepts, tools, and techniques for lighting with flash—from improving built-in flash results to shooting with wireless off-camera flash.

    3h 9m
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  • view course page for Up and Running with Studio Strobes

    Up and Running with Studio Strobes with Richard Harrington

    Gives beginning photographers a brisk but thorough look at using strobe lights in a studio setting.

    3h 37m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with Lighting: Studio Lights and Flash

    Learn the essential techniques of flash and studio lighting that will deliver more pleasing, more flattering photos.

    51m 57s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Insights on Product Photography

    Learn what makes effective product photography, from styling to lighting to gear, with insights from an industry professional.

    34m 32s
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  • view course page for Insights on Architectural Photography

    Photographer Richard Klein discusses the art and science of photographing architecture, from interiors to exteriors and from small houses to skyscrapers.

    45m 13s
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  • view course page for Insights on Building a Photography Business

    David Hobby talks about his experiences running a photography business that's rooted in photojournalism and the community where he lives.

    50m 38s
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  • view course page for Lighting with Flash: Sports, from Action to Portraits

    Photographer David Hobby employs multiple strobes to capture young soccer players in action and in portraits.

    1h 31m
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  • view course page for Up and Running with Lighting: Natural Light

    Learn the essential qualities of natural light that will deliver more attractive and flattering photos.

    41m 2s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Lighting with Flash: Capturing a Dancer in Motion

    Photographer David Hobby captures the strength and grace of a dancer in motion, lighting her against a blow-away white background.

    1h 38m
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  • view course page for Lighting with Flash: On Location, from Close Up to Portrait

    Photographer David Hobby visits a conservation center and lights close-ups and portraits using a variety of strobes and light modifiers.

    1h 20m
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  • view course page for Lighting with Flash: Basics

    In a photo shoot with a model, photographer and Strobist blog publisher David Hobby demonstrates the basics of lighting with compact flash units.

    1h 50m
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  • view course page for Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Storytelling through Photography

    Renowned photographer Douglas Kirkland explores the process of shooting a series of photos that connect to tell a story.

    55m 36s
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  • view course page for Green Screen Techniques for Video and Photography

    Learn how to shoot and edit green screen footage and images.

    3h 16m
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  • view course page for The Creative Spark: Lauren Lemon, Creative Portrait Photographer

    Follow Lauren Lemon, the online persona for Lauren Randolph, a photographer based in Los Angeles, as she plans and choreographs a photo shoot and talks about the importance of social networks and personal projects in establishing a photography career.

    17m 24s
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  • view course page for Lighting for Photographers: Portraiture

    Introduces the techniques behind lighting for portraiture.

    1h 11m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Photographing Kids and Families

    Renowned photographer Douglas Kirkland discusses the art of photographing kids ranging from toddlers to preteens, both alone and together with parents and siblings.

    37m 10s
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  • view course page for The Art of Craft Photography

    The Art of Craft Photography with Megan Andersen

    Discover how to stage, light, and photograph your handmade items in a way that maximizes their appeal to viewers and customers.

    3h 21m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Shooting with Wireless Flash: Studio Portraits

    Award-winning photographer Jim Sugar shows how to shoot a portrait with a dramatic look and feel, using a variety of inexpensive lighting tools.

    30m 53s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Studio Portraiture

    Well-known photographer Douglas Kirkland demonstrates studio portraiture techniques, from lighting to working with a model.

    31m 4s
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  • view course page for Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Natural Light Portraiture

    Well-known photographer Douglas Kirkland explains how he works with natural lighting and how to best take advantage of it for portraiture.

    34m 46s
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  • view course page for Foundations of Photography: Exposure

    Understand how shutter speed, aperture, and ISO settings relate to one another, and how these settings expand your artistic options with any photograph.

    3h 24m
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  • view course page for Photo Assignment: Backlit Portraits

    Shows how to capture stunning portraits, even when the main lighting comes from behind the subject.

    24m 6s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Photo Assignment: Natural Light Portraits

    Shows how to capture beautiful, illuminated portraits with natural daylight, and shares tricks for getting great shots even when the light is not so good.

    22m 5s
    Beginner
     
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“Your tutorials move at just the right pace for me to work alongside and take notes. So I am learning things that my campus class will not have time for.” —Toni M.
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