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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.

    1h 48m
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  • view course page for Shooting Effective Business Portraits

    From lighting to posing to post-processing, learn how to create business portraits with a modern, professional look. Robert Vanelli shows how to light, shoot, and edit corporate headshots and environmental portraits.

    1h 53m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Exploring Photography: White Balance and Color Temperature

    Learn how taking control of the white balance in your photography can expand your creative options and improve the accuracy of the color in your photos.

    1h 9m
    Intermediate
     
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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 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 Photographing High School Senior Portraits

    Learn how to take great contemporary senior portraits both indoors and out—and how to make some money at it.

    1h 56m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Shooting a Photo Essay: Telling a Family Story

    Follow photojournalist Paul Taggart as he explores the unique challenges behind shooting photo stories about family members.

    1h 1m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Product Photography for Clothes and Textiles

    Explores the creative and technical decisions involved in photographing textiles.

    2h 5m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Photoshop for Photographers: Lighting Effects

    Learn to create amazing lighting effects in post-production with Photoshop.

    3h 35m
    Intermediate
     
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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 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 Product Photography for Jewelry

    Learn how to style, light, and photograph jewelry, from rings to watches and more.

    1h 31m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Architectural Photography: Exteriors

    Follow along with photographer Richard Klein as he demonstrates the best shooting and lighting techniques for photographing buildings.

    28m 58s
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Architectural Photography: Interiors

    Follow along with photographer Richard Klein as he shows techniques for lighting and composing photos that make interior spaces look their best.

    58m 24s
    Intermediate
     
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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: Portrait of a Beekeeper and His Bees

    Photographer David Hobby uses compact strobes to shoot an environmental portrait of a beekeeper and his bees.

    29m 12s
    Intermediate
     
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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 Travel Photography: Desert Road Trip

    Travel to the desert wilderness of Death Valley National Park with author, teacher, and landscape photographer Ben Long to learn the unique considerations involved in shooting a desert environment.

    1h 55m
    Intermediate
     
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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 Foundations of Photography: Macro and Close-Up

    Explore the world of the small with this guide to macro and close-up photography gear, lighting, and technique.

    4h 14m
    Intermediate
     
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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 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 Foundations of Photography: Night and Low Light

    Describes the tools, creative options, and special considerations involved in shooting with a DSLR camera at night or in low-light conditions, such as sunset or candlelight.

    4h 0m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Food and Drink Photography

    Demonstrates the art and science behind shooting food and drink photographs.

    1h 58m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Shooting with Wireless Flash: Outdoors at Twilight

    Award-winning photographer Jim Sugar shows how to shoot outdoors during twilight, balancing strobe output with natural light.

    45m 15s
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Shooting with Wireless Flash: Product Shots

    Demonstrates the use of off-camera wireless strobes to light a product shot, and provides tips that apply to product shots of all kinds.

    39m 34s
    Intermediate
     
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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 50s
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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 Lighting and Rendering with mental ray in Maya

    Shows how to master practical mental ray techniques for rendering models created in Maya.

    4h 56m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Photo Assignment: Off-Camera Flash

    Shows how to get dramatic lighting results by using just one or two detached strobes that are triggered remotely by a digital SLR.

    50m 3s
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Photo Assignment: Fill Flash Portraits

    Shows photographers how to use fill flash to take great shots in any kind of lighting.

    16m 39s
    Intermediate
     
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