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Studio Portrait Lighting

with Kirk Tuck
Let photographer Kirk Tuck show you the equipment, setup and lighting techniques you’ll need to create alluring, professional-quality studio portraits.

Kirk shows you how to apply studio lighting fundamentals and photography techniques that will turn average head shots into captivating portraits. Learn professional lighting design techniques and how to direct your subject to capture the exact look you’re aiming for. Compare incandescent, fluorescent and LED lighting, and maximize your soft box and umbrella use to get the most out of a single light.

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Lesson 1. Foundations of Portrait Lighting

  • Kirk discusses camera and lens choices and explains the elements of a good photo.


Lesson 2. Properties of Light


Lesson 3. Portrait Lighting Design


Lesson 4. Lighting Equipment


Lesson 5. Using Light Modifiers


Lesson 6. Studio Layout & Equipment


Lesson 7. Lighting Styles


Lesson 8. Popular Portraits

"The class was extremely informative and answered many questions I had trying to put together a studio. Mr Tuck simplified what used to seem so complex and did so in a relaxed style that was so easy to understand. I highly recommend this course."
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