Natural & Available Light 101

$207

Learn how to evaluate the available light in any scene, determine the ultimate angle, direction, and posing, then manipulate the light to create masterpieces.

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This course is for you if…

You have missed shots you loved because the light wasn’t right.

You can’t get predictable and replicable results when shooting with only available light.

You rarely consider the light source when shooting.

Modify any light source to get the results you want!

What You’ll Learn

Knowing how to create amazing images in any light is a must-have skill for photographers.

Whether you are shooting indoors, outdoors or in low light situations, this program will show you the options to create stunning images.

By the end of the course, you will be able to evaluate the available light sources (both natural and artificial), know the results they will create and your options to modify, restrict, soften or fill in with the aid of simple accessories.

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Imagine you could…

Walk into any scene and instantly evaluate the light sources and the results you will get. Create images that look carefully lit, using only the available light and simple modifiers.

Hear what photographers have to say…

“Matt explains things in ways that anyone can understand, this combined with the wealth of information within the assignments my photography is going to be so much better as a result. The content in this course is worth far more than the cost, it’s invaluable and I urge any person wanting to understand the fundamentals of light to buy.”
- Deanne

“Although I had an understanding of how everything worked together before I watched the lessons, it is always good to go through the basics one more time! No matter who you are or how advanced you’ll always learn something new when going through the basics. I certainly did!!”
- Pelle

Again, Matt Granger has delivered a series which can be utilized both by the beginner and more advanced enthusiast. Well laid out and presented, the series guides users through informative information and challenges them to, as Matt says, get your gear out. A philosophy I recommend any photographer to take to heart.
- Conor

"At its best, Natural and available light can be beautiful and give you precisely the results you want – but just as often it is not giving you what you require. I created this course to show you how to get the results you want, no matter what the available light is providing."

Matt Granger

Natural & Available Light 101

$207

Learn how to evaluate the available light in any scene, determine the ultimate angle, direction, and posing, then manipulate the light to create masterpieces.

Buy Now

Lessons

34

Length

4h 59m

Level

Beginner

Lessons

 

Introduction

Introduction and overview of the entire course.

 

Light is Light – Part 1

Whether it comes from the sun, a lamp, or a reflection – light is light. In these lessons, I’ll run you through the key variables of light that you need to learn to understand how to ma...

 

Light is Light – Part 2

Whether it comes from the sun, a lamp, or a reflection – light is light. In these lessons, I’ll run you through the key variables of light that you need to learn to understand how to ma...

 

Light is Light – Part 3

Whether it comes from the sun, a lamp, or a reflection – light is light. In these lessons, I’ll run you through the key variables of light that you need to learn to understand how to ma...

 

Accessories – Part 1

I’ll run you through all of the different accessories and modifiers I use in this course. These range from complex reflector units to simple lamps and strings of LEDs. Learn the effects each ...

 

Accessories – Part 2

I’ll run you through all of the different accessories and modifiers I use in this course. These range from complex reflector units to simple lamps and strings of LEDs. Learn the effects each ...

 

Accessories – Part 3

I’ll run you through all of the different accessories and modifiers I use in this course. These range from complex reflector units to simple lamps and strings of LEDs. Learn the effects each ...

 

Outdoor Introduction

Now we have the gear organized, let's head outside and start shooting.

 

Outdoor Direct Sunlight Headshots – Part 1

In our first detailed photoshoot, we take you on a bright sunny day and explore the options we have to create beautiful headshot photos with model Cassandra. We show you in detail all the options w...

 

Outdoor Direct Sunlight Headshots – Part 2

In our first detailed photoshoot, we take you on a bright sunny day and explore the options we have to create beautiful headshot photos with model Cassandra. We show you in detail all the options w...

 

Outdoor Direct Sunlight Headshots – Part 3

In our first detailed photoshoot, we take you on a bright sunny day and explore the options we have to create beautiful headshot photos with model Cassandra. We show you in detail all the options w...

 

Outdoor Direct Sunlight Full Body

We head to the beautiful Calico Basin in Nevada to shoot model Stephanie among the red rock landscape. Shooting full body portraits in direct sun is more difficult than headshots, as we need to con...

 

Improvised Reflectors

Reflectors are a great way to bounce light and fill in the shadows caused by hard sunlight. But they can be cumbersome and difficult on windy days. I’ll show you how to identify and use &lsqu...

 

Overcast Day

Shooting in overcast light is much easier in one sense – you have nice soft light from any angle. However, you may want to introduce some harder light to define and sculpt your portraits. You...

 

Outdoor Shade – Part 1

Moving from hard sun into the shade is a simple trick to control highlight and shadow. I’ll show you how to bounce the hard sunlight back onto your shaded subject and create some dramatic res...

 

Outdoor Shade – Part 2

Moving from hard sun into the shade is a simple trick to control highlight and shadow. I’ll show you how to bounce the hard sunlight back onto your shaded subject and create some dramatic res...

 

Dappled Light

Shooting in patchy, dappled light is something many photographers avoid – however it can create some interesting results. In this lesson, I’ll teach you a series of options to use this ...

 

Cookie

A cookie is anything you put between your subject and the light source to create a shadow pattern. Learn how to use objects, in this case, palm fronds, to create interesting light and shadows on ou...

 

Golden Hour - Sunset

Who doesn’t love golden hour? The rich tones, soft light and beautiful hues all lend themselves to making great images. We go on location with model Cassandra for a fitness-themed shoot, and ...

 

Embracing Hard Light - Part 1

We have now shown you all kinds of techniques to modify the hard direct sun to create a variety of final results. In this last outdoor module we embrace the hard light and take you along on a serie...

 

Embracing Hard Light - Part 2

We have now shown you all kinds of techniques to modify the hard direct sun to create a variety of final results. In this last outdoor module we embrace the hard light and take you along on a serie...

 

Indoor Introduction

Next up we are going to focus on working with light indoors.

 

Window Light Basics

Learn how to use the beauty of window light and your options to get started shooting with window light.

 

Mixed Light Sources

Shooting indoors introduces complications of white balance, and in extreme cases you may be dealing with multiple different colors in a single shot. I’ll teach you a process to minimize light...

 

Sun Soaked Room

Window light can be beautiful – but depending on the direction of the light it can also be hard and overly contrasty. Learn how to modify and soften window light to create the results you want.

 

Embracing Soft Light - Part 1

We have shown you lots of options for augmenting and adjusting soft light to get different results. In this lesson, I’ll show you how to create depth, drama, and interest, whilst sticking wit...

 

Embracing Soft Light - Part 2

We have shown you lots of options for augmenting and adjusting soft light to get different results. In this lesson, I’ll show you how to create depth, drama, and interest, whilst sticking wit...

 

Pools of Light

What looks like hard, contrasty or patchy light indoors may, in fact, turn out to be a great pool of light. In this lesson, I’ll show you a series of different lights that can be used creativ...

 

Balancing Indoor and Outdoor Light

This is a classic technique for real estate photography – to have the interior and exterior of the house both correctly exposed. It is a simple technique if you are using flashes to light the...

 

Low Light Introduction - Part 1

Learn the variables you have to work with and I’ll teach you my techniques for shooting at twilight to demonstrate these options.

 

Low Light Introduction - Part 1

Learn the variables you have to work with and I’ll teach you my techniques for shooting at twilight to demonstrate these options.

 

Low Light Candles

Candlelight is beautiful and atmospheric. It is also challenging as it provides limited output and it can also be difficult to balance the different parts of your image. Whether you are shooting a ...

 

Blue Hour

After the golden hour comes the blue hour. Those last minutes of light before the sun totally fades can be a colorful time to shoot – but it is extremely low light. In this module,  I&rs...

 

Conclusion

Congratulations on finishing this course. I can’t wait to see your progress as you apply what I’ve covered.

Natural & Available Light 101

$207

Learn how to evaluate the available light in any scene, determine the ultimate angle, direction, and posing, then manipulate the light to create masterpieces.

Buy Now