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Studio Lighting Essentials for Portrait Photography


Studio Lighting Essentials for Portrait Photography is everything you need to get started in the world of Studio Lighting. This workshop was written and hosted by Mark Wallace. Mark is known for his easy to understand teaching style and ability to take concepts and put them into practical use.

This workshop is available for download now!
Price: $89USD
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The digital download is packed with content. Topics include:

  • Direction of light
  • Understanding shadows
  • Properties of light
  • Equipment Essentials
  • Light modifiers, grip and expendables
  • Understanding the 3-light setup
  • Metering techniques
  • Color theory
  • Setting your white balance
  • Color management and calibration

The DVD includes over 20 lighting setups. Mark walks you through each lighting setup and then shows you the results from his camera. Setups include:

  • Simple headshots
  • Fashion
  • Glamour
  • Beauty
  • Portraits
  • Lighting for high contrast black and white
  • One-light setups for small studios
  • Advanced setups for large studios

Bonus Content:

  • Using the X-Rite Color Checker Passport to get perfectly calibrated color – every time.
  • Dragging the shutter
  • Understanding flash duration and refresh rates
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creativeLIVE: Speedlights 101 with Mark Wallace

Join Mark Wallace May 18-20, 2012 as he heads back to Seattle to teach another workshop at creativeLIVE. At “Speedlights 101” Mark walks you through everything you wanted to know about Canon and Nikon speed lights. Mark says, “Once you know what’s happening with your camera and flash you can do almost anything.”

Day One is all about understanding the principles of flash photography. Mark will give you a solid foundation for working with your speed light so you can worry less about the technical stuff and more about creating stellar pictures. Learn how to control the ambient light exposure independent of the flash exposure. You’ll learn how your speedlight meters light so you can get the exact result you imagine.

Day Two Mark shows you how to get the flash off your camera to open a whole new realm of lighting possibilities. From flash modes to modifiers, you’ll learn how to control the light in nearly any shooting situation. There will be plenty of live demonstrations and lots of time for questions from live audience members. High speed sync, rear curtain synce, bouncing the flash, controlling groups of flashes and more!

Day Three is nearly six hours of shooting demonstrations with speedlights. Mark will show you how to shoot some of the most common scenarios: portraits, indoor events, outdoor nighttime events, and group portraits. Mark will be shooting inside, outside, in bright sun and in dark rooms. Learn how to put what you learned in day one and two into practice.

Want to be in Seattle with Mark as a part of the live audience? Make a 60-second(ish) video explaining why YOU should be in the audience and post the link on twitter to @creativeLIVE with the hashtag #WallaceLIVE. Creativity is always a plus!

Even if you’re not in the Seattle audience, you can tune in live from your computer. It’s free, you can ask Mark questions and interact with a huge, worldwide community of photographers just like you.

If you can’t join us live you can pre-order a recorded version of the course for just $99! This is a steal for 3 full days of speedlight training. The price goes up to $149 at 9am May 18, so buy early to save!

See you May 18-20, 2012 at creativeLIVE!

Click here to enroll or purchase the course!

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creativeLIVE: Anatomy of a Photoshoot

Join us for a LIVE ONLINE workshop with Mark Wallace as he dissects a commercial photoshoot to reveal each step at its most basic level. From technical aspects of lighting and color, to real-world experiences working with art directors, make-up artists, models, and other professionals, you’ll have a firsthand look as he puts each piece together to complete several complete concepts from start to finish.

This unique course explores the fundamentals of commercial photography, from the smallest jobs to the biggest productions.

$150 for all there days. Includes PDF downloads of workflow templates, a working Celtx project and Mark’s Creative Process mind map.

Click here to purchase from creativeLIVE (this will take you to the creativeLIVE website).

Course Overview

Session 1 (recorded live August 26, 2011)

Welcome Opening Banter for Day 1
9:00 am Introduction
9:15 am Direction of Light: Setting the mood
9:30 am Metering
10:15 am Understanding Dynamic Range
10:30 am Understanding Histograms
11:00 am Effective Size: Hard vs Soft light
11:15 am Understanding the Inverse Square Law
11:30 am Light Modifiers and the shape of light
BONUS Lunchtime Q&A with Mark
1:00 pm Controlling Light with Grids
1:30 pm Watt Seconds and other important things
1:45 pm Color Theory part 1
2:00 pm Color Theory part 2
PDF Handout Color Theory
2:30 pm Calibrating your monitor and printer
3:00 pm Mark’s Lightroom Workflow
PDF Handout Lightroom Workflow
3:30 pm Wrap Up and Q&A

Session 2 (recorded live August 27, 2011)

Welcome Opening Banter for Day 2
9:00 am Introduction
9:15 am Exercise: Purpose Worksheet
PDF Handout Purpose Worksheet
9:30 am Failing with Purpose
10:00 am Example: Prep Shoot for Testing
11:00 am How Much Should I Charge?
PDF Handout creativeLIVE Workflow Example
1:00 pm Creativity: from Idea to Product
1:45 pm Sharing your Ideas: Creating the Plan
Celtx Project creativeLIVE Plan (download)
2:00 pm Working with a Team (Snapfactory Q&A)
2:30 pm Working with Models
PDF Handout Model Release Form
BONUS From the Model’s point of view
3:00 pm Commercial Shoot Workflow
PDF Handout Commercial Shoot Workflow
3:15 pm Q&A
3:30 pm The Studio Environment Setup
3:45 pm Wrap Up and Q&A

Session 3 (recorded live August 28, 2011)

Welcome Opening Banter for Day 3
9:00 am Planning the LIVE shoot
9:30 am Dialing in the Lighting
10:00 am Q&A
10:15 am Quick Test Shot
10:45 am Photoshoot: Foil Dress with Carly
11:30 am Lightroom Workflow
12:00 pm Q&A
12:45 pm Preparing for the Second Shoot
1:00 pm Photoshoot: Deep V Dress with Michelle
1:45 pm Photoshoot: Closeup with Michelle
2:00 pm Photoshoot: Tether Tools Table
creativeLIVE Credits and Thanks
Snapfactory Thank you
Bonus Tether Tools Proof of Concept
2:45 pm Mark’s Closing Thoughts

Click here to purchase from creativeLIVE (this will take you to the creativeLIVE website).