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Online Class

Natural-Light Portraits

$29.99$54.99

Work with light in new and exciting ways for professional results you and your subjects will love.

Skill Level

Intermediate

What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor, Alan M. Thornton
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

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.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Camera Gear
21:35
Meet your instructor, photographer Alan Thornton, as you gain an overview of the camera bodies, lenses and other gear that will help your subjects look their best. Next, Alan shares ways to pack light accessories that provide everything you need for fieldwork, including five-in-one light modifiers.
2. Working With Indoor Light
23:54
3. Split & Rembrandt
11:36
4. Loop, Beauty & Horror
13:35
5. Depth of Field & Metering
19:29
6. Working in Overcast Light
18:25
7. Bright & Sunny Light
15:44

Taught by

Alan M. Thornton
Alan M. Thornton
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.

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