In Understanding Lighting Angles, Mark demonstrates how changing the angle a light hits a person from can radiaclly change their appearance. How Lighting from above looks so different from below, etc.
- Alright, this is where we get to the…real meat of the topic: How to light people's faces.…For this demonstration, we're gonna start with a blank slate…and our model Mariana.…The first thing we do is turn on a key light.…Now this is what we call the main light…that we light our subject with.…Where we put it determines how they look.…This one takes a second to heat up.…Now don't be intimidated by this big impressive movie light.…It's an LED light. It's very fancy.…We're just using it because it's easy to demonstrate with…and it's what we have in this studio.…These concepts apply to no matter what…kind of light you're using.…
Alright, here the light is coming from right…above the camera like it would from,…like the flash on a still camera.…See it lights up her face, fills it in nicely,…but it's not particularly interesting.…Kind of like something you've got…on your driver's license photo.…Now if you raise it up a little higher...…Tilt it down first.…(equipment rattling)…With the key light higher, we start to see the shadows…
In this course, Mark W. Gray teaches the fundamentals of portrait lighting, including standard three-point lighting setups, how to light for specific subjects, and how to deal with the challenges of location shooting. He shows you the effect of big and small lighting changes, including angle, intensity, and color temperature. He discusses the various types of lighting equipment available, providing both professional options and affordable options. Mark also demonstrates how to go beyond the standard setup to achieve a variety of outcomes.
- Lighting fundamentals including shape, quality, color, and direction
- Understanding when to implement specific lighting techniques
- Controlling the quality of light
- The basic 3-point lighting setup
- Shooting outdoors and controlling sunlight
- Understanding color temperature and making correct color choices
- Finding budget-friendly lighting solutions
- Staging your shots for maximum quality and minimum effort