Alan M. Thornton
Craftsy Instructor

Alan Thornton has been an advertising, editorial and fine-art photographer for more than 16 years. His clients have included Hewlett Packard, Apple and Nike, to name a few. Additionally, he enjoys traveling, a pursuit that has most recently taken him to Cambodia to photograph survivors of the Khmer regime. He has also served as an instructor for the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University and The Workshops.

Alan's Craftsy Classes


The Essentials for Understanding Light

Unlock the keys to masterfully lit photos! Let Santa Fe Photographic Workshops instructor Alan Thornton guide you through photography light techniques. Delve into the characteristics of natural and artificial light and find out how to create a compelling image no matter the light source. Explore direct, diffused and bounced light, and discover which is best for flattering portraits or high-contrast, dramatic images. Learn how to shoot with back, front and side lighting, and dive into essential exposure and metering guidelines. Follow along with Alan in an inspiring lesson on finding good light anywhere and discover the affordable gear that will help you create and modify beautiful light.



Natural-Light Portraits

Learn how to take natural light portraits your clients will love, with guidance from professional photographer and renowned instructor Alan Thornton. During class, you'll find out how to assess light in terms of quality and quantity, whether you're in a studio, a client's home or even a business. Then, make sure your subject is always featured in their best light as you explore split and Rembrandt lighting techniques, and add character to your portraits with a few fun tricks! Next, Alan shows you how to change your background and depth of field to work with your subjects instead of against them. Plus, confidently shoot in overcast or sunny conditions so that your subject comes alive in their finished photos, no matter the light.

$34.99 $54.99

Alan's Projects

Back Lighting Portraits
Overcast Light Quality
Explore Shade & Depth of Field
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