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Fundamentals of Lighting

Course participants’ average review after course completion.
(349 Reviews)
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179,00 €
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About this series

In this series, photographer and lighting expert David Bicho relies on the physics of lighting to create practical techniques you can start using today, regardless of the equipment you use and your level of experience. This series is packed with no-nonsense techniques and facts about how light works. You’ll understand how to assess the available light in a scene and see a variety of lighting methods, from simple techniques with an on-camera flash to full-concept shoots in three different locations using up to four lighting setups.

Suitable for all levels of knowledge.

Duration: 2 h 47 min

What you'll learn

Courses in this series

Course 1

How to mix flash with ambient light

Discover how to create perfect shooting conditions and natural-looking images by means of mixing ambient light with flash.

Read more

Course 2

How to light a face

Learn tricks for lighting the face and creating striking portraits with one, two or three lights and much more.

Read more

Course 3

How to light a background

Find out how to create inspiring cinematic backgrounds using advanced but easy lighting techniques.

Read more
What you may need

Essential information

Recommended gear

To complete the exercises, you need at least one light for off-camera use.

For the final hero images, see the information provided in each course.

Useful knowledge

  • Lighting skill level: Suitable for all levels of knowledge
  • Camera skill level: Comfortable handling the camera in manual mode


31 юли, 2022

I have followed and spent money in lots of online videos and courses. But this is by far the best online-course I have ever followed. Very useful and educational how the behaviour of light and shadow is explained with the practical examples and illustrations.
Excellent course!

11 юни, 2022

I couldn't find clear straight forward information. this was exactly what I needed and the correct level of detail. the visual examples helped. thank you.

05 април, 2022

very good introduction into light... thank you

29 април, 2022

Diagrams and more specific information would be helpful.

shiju varghese
25 януари, 2022

All excellent

shiju varghese
23 януари, 2022

Need few more examples and the picture review to show how the lights are making the difference.

Baber Raja
10 януари, 2022


Lynda J. Chan
03 януари, 2022

I struggled with Imposter Syndrome. While I realistically knew I had some marketable skills with photography, I lacked deeper confidence with really understanding what I was doing--and knew that played in the back of my mind every shoot. This series by David Bicho has been a watershed moment for me. What I was able to learn through it transformed the way I went into my next shoot the very next day. I saw so much differently, and was able to apply that knowledge from a place of confidence--and that made for an entirely different shoot and results. Going forward, I still know I will always be learning, but now I'm working from a whole different mindset foundation. Thank you so much, David and Profoto!

Lynda J. Chan
02 януари, 2022

The layout of this course was brilliant. It was simple and straightforward, but so well illustrated (as well as delightfully witty). It took my depth of understanding concepts I was already familiar with to a whole new level. Love it!

Lynda J. Chan
02 януари, 2022

These courses are such a major shot in the arm in building my confidence by building my knowledge and understanding in a way that I can grasp so well and apply. Thank you

Eric Vonheim
31 декември, 2021

Solid course on lighting! Would have been nice though to reference the settings on the lighting and camera before taking the test shots. It's helpful to understand those details as well, that helped produce the shot.

Sakie Miura
18 януари, 2022

I loved his silliness :b The courses are all well edited! Thanks.

23 ноември, 2021

I wanted to see the actual shooting situation of mixed light bigger

Peter Flesch
01 август, 2021

very interesting and well explained

17 юли, 2021

Plenty of food for thought and things to practice.

23 септември, 2021

Every option is only white blank photo or video

10 юни, 2021

I am new to studio lighting and this was SO helpful. I have a much better understanding of how to approach light.

Roman Groesswang
13 май, 2021

A very interesting course. It shows the important knowledge of lighting in a fast and easy way.

Gregory R Morton
05 май, 2021

This course is awesome the instructor is great. I have learn a lot watching the videos . This course has really help me in understanding light better.

Aaron Faircloth, Luma Photography, Oviedo FL
30 април, 2021

Absolutely nothing negative to say about this course. Not only is it incredibly packed with great information, the pace an delivery is perfect. Laced with a bit of humor and excellent instruction, this course is perfect for better understanding at essential lighting.

19 май, 2021

I recently submitted a negative review about the course not being good value for money as I mistakenly thought that the first part was the whole thing!
Having realised my error I feel the need to redeem myself and let it be known that the course was very informative, concise, logical and easy to follow, would definitely recommend it!

24 април, 2021

I liked how the instructor presented the topics and then showed how to do it,I thought that was very informative

23 април, 2021

well explained guide

Dennis Hannon
06 юни, 2021

Courses is valuable but I need better ground work. A quick drill on the equipment would have helped. Maybe this would make it a different course for those of more rudimentary levels of skill and knowledge. I have only recently even begun to think about using artificial light (but I've jumped in with both feet and am eager to learn).

17 март, 2021

More Info about how to set the flash power (basic settings etc) and a routine how to set the flash paraneter would be helpful

04 март, 2021

More technical detail would be nice, is the mainlight 1 stop less than the kicker, 1/2 stop, etc.? I know with digital everyone just goes by eye but sometimes for speed it's easier to just know to set the mainlight to half stop less than where the kicker ends up. And some people still like to shoot film for fun so looking at a tethered display won't work for them. Just a suggestion.

25 февруари, 2021

Love Bicho and enjoyed his course. I was hoping to get a bit more material for the price.

Hans Knikman
30 януари, 2021

Clear explanation of the steps in the lighting proces.

Hans Knikman
30 януари, 2021

old explanation and illustration of how to use light and shadow.

Hans Knikman
30 януари, 2021

Cler explanation of the subjects at hand.

18 януари, 2021

I lean other lighting pattern

Romain Mallet
05 януари, 2021

Its very clear even for a non english speaker!

Alexander Thompson
01 декември, 2020

One of the most informative courses I have seen here so far...

Christian Hostettler
24 ноември, 2020

Competent, amusing, inspiring – thanks!

Norman Allen
19 ноември, 2020

This was a very informative course and everything was simple to follow.

Norman Allen
27 ноември, 2020

This was very informative!

Alia Serban
29 октомври, 2020

So helpful and easy to understand! Great way to learn the basics.

J Ma
27 ноември, 2020

should have more studio shooting examples to show

11 септември, 2020


I need to express my appreciation for your efforts creating a course on the fundamentals of lighting. 💡

29 ноември, 2020

I imagined a much longer training for this price.. I’m a bit disappointed... I wanted some more "real" exemple and not only with this fake face on a black background over and over...

29 септември, 2020

I would have more details about the gear, and maybe use even less flashs to create a beautiful picture

Anthony Ahunon munoz
24 септември, 2020

Its really good course starting with the base event if you know is good sometime to refresh. Light is shadow, Shadow is light, Thanks for this good experience

Anthony Ahunon Munoz
17 септември, 2020

The courses are good and the explaination are good but at the end of each video we still have some mystery so for exemple on the last video is taking about led barre on the bag to make the orange ligne so this is it done with the A1 with CTO and Bandor ? or with led bar ? so if its with the led bar the A1 with the CTO is for the face to have less shadow and more strong face ? at the end of each video is the same we don't see the complete setup. But it fine I will reproduce it rock on! thanks YOU

Anthony Ahunon munoz
17 септември, 2020

the course are good for the color you not go that much in details and I prefere for now to get our creativity free, lets try the 3 big subject.

24 август, 2020

Very interesting to see Bicho working with an assistant. And many tricks very usefull.

mike k
11 юли, 2020

David is a fantastic teacher - his explanations are clear, his examples good and he is entertaining as well - I am replaying this video for probably the 20th time - there's plenty of meat in this series

mike k
11 юли, 2020

The more I watch this the more valuable it becomes - the Two Problems segment was very useful - the Gym Shoot David is a light magician, a sensational shoot with lots of great tips - David is a wonderful teacher

Suzanne O'Connell
09 юли, 2020

very clear instructions from David

03 юли, 2020

Very good. I will use this for my trainee. :-)

Steven Heipel
27 юни, 2020

David is simply a natural teacher, clearly. Combined with his deep understanding of light it makes for the best lighting courses I've ever taken. Thanks much. Looking forward to playing with what I've learned.

26 юни, 2020

Best course on lighting I have ever done, really enjoyed learning principles of lighting rather than a recipe that doesn't necessarily work.

25 юни, 2020

Really great course just cementing some of the concepts from the other courses.

25 юни, 2020

Great course, very well organised in how it breaks everything down into the simplest concepts.

Ken Marks
10 юни, 2020

Like the course, but a few more "real world" shots would help. He did it with his other course.

Steven S. Heipel
09 юни, 2020

Simply the finest 'seminar' I've ever attended; and beyond finest when considering it's about lighting (physics!) and online -- truly brilliant in its simplicity of presentation and truly stellar teaching skills. This put all of the fundamentals (which I've been using forever) into easy to digest and 'put into practice' segments. Oh and fun and entertaining it was as a bonus. Thanks.

08 юни, 2020

The explanation is easy to understand.

Roberto Ariel Alfalla
29 май, 2020

Well Done, simple, concise and enjoyable.

Yongwoon Shin
25 май, 2020

It was a good lecture to learn how to use kicker lighting.

Yongwoon Shin
25 май, 2020

You've learned the amazing technique of lighting to create a background.

Yongwoon Shin
25 май, 2020

It was wonderful course of lighting

16 май, 2020

I still get confused at the term "shape the shadow" when it is really changing the shadow edge
I would have liked to see the setup in a little slower motion

31 юли, 2020

Its so advanced. May be not for me

10 май, 2020

Very funny and I learned much god thinks to takes bedder images.

10 май, 2020

Hi, I can not find some link to upload a picture to certify. In which way can I do this ?

30 април, 2020

perfect! thank you so much.

Chami Perera
05 май, 2020

I like the Course , maybe how he colourgraded the Pictures would have been interesting too.

Lloyd Terry Jr
22 април, 2020

Great course, direct and easy to understand. Removes the mystery behind terminology and techniques.

12 май, 2020

I wish the actual shoot had been longer - it's helpful watching the photographer giving instructions to the subject as they go.

08 май, 2020

I got confused by your term 'shape the shadow'. To me that sounds like as you would move a light around a face and the shape of the nose shadow changes. It took several replays to realize what I think you meant is the edge of the shadow.

16 април, 2020

Nice course

Jon Muzzarelli
25 април, 2020

Amazing Program!!

Jon Muzzarelli
25 април, 2020

Great presentation!! Great equipment and Great instruction!!

Alexander Mansyreff
12 април, 2020

Although I shoot weddings for 10 years and use Profoto flashes for 3 years, in this course I learned some essential basics that help me doing my flash images better.

Yoshiya Yamazaki
10 април, 2020


Fahad Al Nusf
03 май, 2020

the explanation was perfect but we need a layout of the flashes.

Linnéa Heinerborg
30 март, 2020

Love the course and feeling super inspired to turn theory to practice.

19 март, 2020

absolutely awesome tips

08 март, 2020

would like to understand more on the flash setting: TTL or Manual ? Or I missed something

03 март, 2020

The behind the scenes Gym video is longer than necessary. It’s interesting but not as informative as the preceding videos.
More info on the power settings or how the power settings are arrived at would be helpful.

02 март, 2020

Very helpful. Clear, concise, well illustrated and demonstrated.

Falko Wenzel Cologne
07 март, 2020

The best photo course I've ever known. Very clear, very humorous, very informative, too little German language ... ;-)

26 февруари, 2020

David has a great knowledge and great teaching skills. I appreciated it and will do more

13 февруари, 2020


10 февруари, 2020

Everything was explained perfect and with fun.

Troy Wayrynen
08 февруари, 2020

I enjoyed the depth of information of this course.

Bryan Casanova
13 февруари, 2020

jokes are bad

21 януари, 2020

David Bicho is amazing. This takes my shooting to another level, thankyou. Perfect course.

Tino orozco
14 януари, 2020

This is what I need it to get motivated, an understanding of the light and patterns and colors and options and how to apply them to an actual subject, thank you so much for the very interesting course.

Tino Orozco
14 януари, 2020

I loved it, it made me more understanding of the light, thank you

Yoshiya Yamazaki
09 януари, 2020


Ignacio Perez
09 януари, 2020

Great explanations and examples.

08 февруари, 2020


25 януари, 2020

Would be great to have a pdf to follow after the course when doing the assignments.

Cacelein cacun
14 февруари, 2020

Please add spanish subtitles

Marco (from Italy)
15 януари, 2020

Interesting and clear. I suggest to give us more details regarding manual configuration of the flash and not only TTL mode. Thank you!

Robert Luijten
14 декември, 2019

Very clear explanations and demo's. Entertaining presenter.

Drew Michael
08 декември, 2019

this was the best i needed this to take my photography to a whole new level

19 януари, 2020

Very basic and no practical in depth tips and tricks how to achieve certain results with different light modifiers etc. I expected to see more of that

23 ноември, 2019

Great instructional video. Loved the knowledge and the humor.

Yelitza V.
20 ноември, 2019

I was given the pleasure of learning much more creative lighting to capture the perfect shot

26 февруари, 2020

I did expect a more lengthy course, although it's definitely worth the money. Thanks

20 ноември, 2019

Expertly produced lesson and quality content.

Gabriel Perez
05 ноември, 2019

Really loved this. Fast, simple, and informative without being extremely technical. Also, adding a little comedy really went a long way. The camera click trick was awesome. I think have videos where there are little tricks like that really make me want to watch more tutorials of Profoto's to see if I can learn any other cool tricks. Thank you!

31 октомври, 2019

The instructor was informative and entertaining at the same time. Instilling confidence through knowledge and reminding us that we should be having fun in doing something we love.

23 ноември, 2019

Very helpful information, if it was a bit cheaper I would buy more lessons.

18 ноември, 2019


15 януари, 2020

you didn't show every setting on set, for example how you put your orange light at the bar in gym. how to meter the light power. this is way too basic to do by myself without paying for this course

16 октомври, 2019

Clear explanations, well structured and easy to understand

Mark Henry Cooney
11 декември, 2019

The charisma and the personality of the instructor was phenomenal!

The content was lacking in a few areas:

1. There were no specific lists describing the exact nomenclature of the equipment used. Sometimes students want to purchase the same gear that the video lesson is using so we can put to real practice what we learn (as if we were physically with the instructor and got to use the same gear he was using).
2. There we no diagrams of the lighting setups used. We simply got a single angle view from the video camera that was recording the course. Having a "map" to copy what we have learned for further study would be wonderful.

Jerry Holsopple
20 декември, 2019

Good information, but it seems way overpriced for what you receive.

20 октомври, 2019

Hi David, I really enjoy the great Explanations.I am a Porträt Photographer who needs fast and successful Solutions.I just bought a A1X for my Sony A9. Mostly I shoot Models outside and love the available Light.With the A1X its great to enhance the Light on the Model.Now in the coming colder Month I need Solutions in my Apartment.I don't have a Studio.It would help me to know also the Camera Settings in Relation to the Flash Setups. And really a complete Menue even if it sounds dull for a nice Porträt with easy Solutions who are fast and successful.I mean Step by Step so that I can follow it even if I don't understand perfectly but that I will have a great Photo with my Profoto Gear. With that and not to much information I think i am happy. As an Example how can I produce a nice Beautyshot for a Woman in my Apartment against a white Wall. Or a cool Characterporträt for a Guy. Or how to lit my Livingroom which has 30 m2 with my A1X and my B2 to produce natural Light in the Room. All this really with the Camera Settings and the Lightshaping Tools that work immediately. I have a OCF Beautydish Silver, A2/3 Softbox, an OCF Octa, and an Umbrella Saver M. And Grids for the Softboxes. I really already learned a lot in the Courses.But for my Daily Business I would love to have these immediate Setups, were I do everything from positioning the Flash which Lightshaper Camera settings etc. I tell you why. When you are not used to the Flashes its frustrating when it doesn't work immidiatly. I don't have the Time with my Client to do Try and Error.
So I have these really great Tools from Profoto but sometimes its frustrating. This Setup in the Studio is really great to lern and to get the right Clou, but for me its not to realize. So it would be great to have these fast Solutions. All the Best Andreas von Tempelhoff.

19 септември, 2019

Excellent, fun and informative.

Michael Abril
16 октомври, 2019

I found the content useful, but I have to say I find it very overpriced for a full lesson that doesn't make even an hour of video. I am disappointed for that, to be honest with you. I don't mind paying for a course, but I expected more content for the price I paid

yves roire
11 септември, 2019

straight to the point with panache

19 септември, 2019


Marie Andersson
06 септември, 2019

Very easy to grasp and follow

Austin Gilbert
26 август, 2019

Most helpful and informative. I really enjoyed all of it! Thank you!

14 август, 2019

About the studio shoot.
I think better if you tell me why set up lighting for hearing concept "Cycle of life".

11 септември, 2019


21 август, 2019

The overall course was great. I think when focusing on the background what is the camera actually focusing in on?

20 август, 2019

When balancing the ambient light with flash and exposing for the background, I think a explanation on metering choice, what you are actually focusing on in the background and camera settings would be a great benefit in this course.

19 август, 2019

I submitted a previous feedback, please ignore it. The course material PDF's are indeed after each course. I didn't realize it until I submitted this optional feedback,, sorry.

19 август, 2019

I would recommend that the PDF course material/s be presented after each course when you are taken a series of 3 or 4 courses. This would be more beneficial when practicing your photo's after each course.

Tim Trautmann
10 юли, 2019

I think that this course provides a concise, no non-sense approach to the topics that it covers. Can you please provide the charts as PDF documents for easy reference? I noticed in the comments that some students might have additional concerns swirling around their heads about power, and exposure settings. I feel that the course does the right thing by not adding these additional variables as they muddy the subject. But I can easily see that a novice might want to know more about that right away and become frustrated that it is not covered. Perhaps it would be good to point that out from the start so that students don't go into the course with that expectation.

Frederic P
19 юли, 2019

Good information, strait to the point
Sens of humor.
The animations to show light spread is really good and effective compare to other video training.
I would advise for the 2 last videos (boxing) to show where the lights and add a 2D diagram from above to make sure novices or intermediate (as myself) understands well the placement of light sources.

02 септември, 2019

very basic

Toni Telepman
03 юли, 2019

I loved every single bit of information in this course, every little nuance that can make a photograph special, natural and interesting.

Toni Telepman
30 юни, 2019

It really does cut to the chase. The type of lighting is explained then taught simply with live examples. He also tells you what you should avoid. I learned a lot in a very short period of time, but I know I'll be watching it over and over to be sure to make these techniques be second nature.

Frederick Hopper
17 юни, 2019

Wonderful course! The information is presented in an easy to understand format, and is also fun at the same time!

Frederick Hopper
17 юни, 2019

So far I really like the courses offered by Profoto. The material, and delivery is spot on!

22 юни, 2019

Nils Carlberg
23 май, 2019

I really like the format of the course and the possibility to upload pictures for judgement

lee kanghee
11 май, 2019
19 май, 2019

next step lesson when release in profoto korea?

shinji Fujimura
19 май, 2019

I want the questions to be in Japanese
I'm answering with google translation

Fernando Gabriel Vega
29 април, 2019

I wish my photography teachers had been so clear explaining the relationship between shadows and the shape of the modifier and the contrast with the environment. I had to learn the hard way...

Hyrom Jones
18 май, 2019

The demonstrations only added to my existing knowledge of lighting and were truly an advantage to be offered "another way" of obtaining a similarly good result, but with a more professional lighting effect, outcome. Thank you ProFoto. :)

Ray Harrison
20 април, 2019

The instruction was clear and concise. No BS.

02 април, 2019

All is allright . Maybe a traduction of the quizz for foreigner students. ;)

28 март, 2019

Good clear explanations of the principles referenced.

03 април, 2019

Specifically and briefly as it should be

Kulraj Singh
22 март, 2019

I like the simple approach you have shown to much complicated subject.

26 март, 2019

I learned several new things, so I got value from it

Fernando Arancibia
07 февруари, 2019

Excepcional y practico

Eshaan Girri
18 март, 2019

Need alot more detail about things. For the price charged I feel I should have got a lot more.

26 март, 2019

The video on lighting the face was excellent. This one was Ok.

03 февруари, 2019

David Bisho is a awesome guy. I love to listen to him. His tips and advices in this video helped me a lot.

Masanao Noda
31 януари, 2019

I could learn the basics of Lighting some other time and was very significant.

Masanao Noda
31 януари, 2019

I thought about only I softened light or hardening it. I am just surprised at usage of various light shown in courses. I wear it well and want to make use in work.

26 януари, 2019

Very informative and understandable!

23 януари, 2019

The course is great and clear

27 януари, 2019

perfect course

27 януари, 2019

good videos

Matthew D. Hodges
16 януари, 2019

One of, if not, the best lighting course I've seen. There's so much great information in this, wonderful.

Mark L
27 март, 2019

Informative, but he spent too much time on the execution of the gym photo shoot and failed to address all three points he promised to address during the introduction. More fundamentals would've been appreciated. But I still got a lot out of it.

Matthew D. Hodges
15 януари, 2019

Excellent presentation and information, loved it.

13 януари, 2019

good training. but the color of the light was not included...

03 януари, 2019

I Loved how clear the information is taught, also it is very concise, it makes flash light less scary

Steven Hellon
12 януари, 2019

The information was solid and useful. I especially liked how each segment was organized and explained. I learned what I did not know and enhanced what I knew. I appreciated the thoughtfulness of the lesson and the instructor's delivery.

02 януари, 2019

The course is really well produced and the explaining of the concept is very thorough and precise. One suggestion, the constant inserting of the background music is really distracting, should have kept them minimum, just in the beginning and end.

Carl Sloss
04 януари, 2019

I don't remember any light courses that talk and show the kind of example like these courses show.

25 декември, 2018

I enjoyed this course and learned new techniques.

03 февруари, 2019

A pdf with a recap of the important things like the click trick or steps is needed.

Sylvain c
13 януари, 2019

Very well explained, as it is more about feeling the location rather than focusing on numbers.
The trainer is serious but keep some humour that make the training not boring.

24 декември, 2018

Loving this course. I am learning more with each lesson. Thank you.

13 януари, 2019

very good

12 януари, 2019


08 февруари, 2019

Good course but a bit more detail would be helpful e.g. to talk us through the flash powers. I use a lightmeter, so it would be nice to know what kind of ratios he's aiming for between the kicker and main light etc. I also wanted to know about gelling lights to match the colour temperature of the room light or contrast with existing lights like tungsten or fluorescent.

Oliver Schmidt
20 декември, 2018

Great course and a lot of fun!

17 февруари, 2019

Actually I have found some stuff really confusing and contradicting in this course. For instance, in the video he is explaining about the shadow being wider because he us using a rectangle light source, but the shadow is not wider. the feather of the shadow is wider. I was going back and forth to understand what he means and figured that his explanation was not correctly put.

David Barfield
15 декември, 2018

Succinct and to the point. Lots of information that I hadn't considered before. Thank.

25 декември, 2018

The course is very good and I like the teaching style of David. Maybe it is divided into too many chunks, which is good if you need to go back and watch something specific, but not so good when you are watching the entire course.

11 декември, 2018

The course is very interesting, with information that you normally do not find in other courses/videos. I am glad I purchased it!

08 декември, 2018

great simple explanation to the point. great course thank you.

Manu Bia
05 декември, 2018

It could be helpful to know the following point :
- The light power or mode (TTL or Manual),
- IL values between light sources
- and camera settings (Exifs)
nevertheless, that course is awesome. Mr Bicho is a really good trainer. Thank you!

Jaap Schuurman
23 декември, 2018

Great distraction free information.

jorge retamales
02 декември, 2018

very good teacher and very good explanation

10 декември, 2018

Very good for the fundamentals, very well explained.

Manu Bia
25 ноември, 2018

Nothing to add. That's exactly what I expected. Great job.

24 ноември, 2018

All the explanations are very clear, and very well structured. That is a fabulous curse about this topic !

Takeshi Sahashi
11 декември, 2018

I need to know more about color effect of modifier/

Erin Rechler
30 ноември, 2018

Great courses in this series, the background course was a little advanced for me as a beginner, but it will be fun to go back to when I have a little more experience

Leif Eliasson
09 декември, 2018

Think there’s to much overlapping between David and the girl in the studio

Alexander Lindström
18 ноември, 2018

I'd like to see examples of rooms with worse conditions to shoot in

17 декември, 2018

Hi, I like the course, but I think it's a bit overpriced.

25 декември, 2018

Good content, but too expensive taking into account that its provided by Profoto

Erin Rechler
25 ноември, 2018

great suggestions for using live feed for adjusting background

Elle Pouchet
11 ноември, 2018

Fantastic teaching.....!!!

19 декември, 2018

Not bad but for 59 euros I think it's expensive. Escpecially after I bought one of your product. You should include those for your customers. Thanks

09 ноември, 2018

This is by far the best course in the series. The explanations and results of each step are perfect.

15 януари, 2019

For the price of this course I expected it to be more in-depth and lengthier.

Fernando Cantu Diaz
25 ноември, 2018

Would be helpful include the Flashmate light meter for a better understanding

25 ноември, 2018

Very good tutorials.

Charles Chan
25 ноември, 2018

04 ноември, 2018

A download of an PDF would be nice, because in this course you transport so much knowledge!

24 ноември, 2018

Well structured tutorial and good insights on how the lighting setup is motivated by the ambient light.

28 октомври, 2018


Slava Lee
26 ноември, 2018

russian subtitles please ))

Troy Wayrynen (
24 ноември, 2018

I enjoyed watching this course and learned an equipment trick and how better to position and direct lighting. I also enjoyed seeing how the photographer interacted with the subject and assistants. I would like to see in future episodes different video shots showing the scene in a larger view, details of equipment as it is being adjusted. The same video angle doesn't provide very much visual interest. Thank you!

Slava Lee
03 декември, 2018

russian subtitles please because some words i don't understand

08 ноември, 2018

excellent explanation of the use of grids and modifiers....finally!

01 декември, 2018

I expected to balancing by metering the flashlight with a lightmeter. With other words what are the ratios. Set-up with too much flashes to understand how to mix ambient with flash.

Kellie Bieser
25 септември, 2018

Watching David work and being able to see the thought process behind his light configurations was equal parts entertaining and informative. I absolutely loved the course!

01 ноември, 2018

wow is this it? I mean it's helpful and a good basis but I expected more for $65

04 октомври, 2018

The setting with iso, shutter speed, and aperture had been to be explained in this movie.

Thorsten Schneider
23 октомври, 2018

Course is to short. I‘d guess more fore the money

03 септември, 2018

Very straightforward and practical tips for a photographer that used to fear flash photography.

Thomas Höglund
31 август, 2018

Good and practical tips on how to get a really nice result!

Thomas Höglund
30 август, 2018

Really fun and easy going lectures!

Harry Stahl Photography
28 август, 2018

Very funny - but even better: very very easy and simply explained. Sometimes however, I wish I would get to know the more detailed power settings of each flash. Realizing that this could differ from situation to situation. This is one of the best courses yet and I am eager to learn more - we never stop learning in life. 👍😊

Bernard Strand
16 ноември, 2018

Considering the professionalism and quality of Profoto gear this was a very basic course and apart from a few neat tips, was actually pretty empty of real content. Disappointing really. Topics that could have been covered: Mixing light qualities and colours in difficult ambient lighting situation. Incorporating the accessories of the new A1 in said situations.

Cam W.
15 септември, 2018

I would love to see some more b-cam footage to change up the angles and show lighting configurations from different perspectives. Keep up the great work!

04 септември, 2018

Hanna's comment are very good, but she uses high speed delivery - a challenge for people whose native tongue is not English

Arun Nevader
21 август, 2018

The key learning for me: learning how to adjust the camera for perfect exposure through Live View and then understanding how background light determines the shoot. I've been struggling with these issues for years, and have had them resolved in a number of minutes with this class. Terrific!

14 август, 2018

Very nicely presented tips on background lighting.

12 септември, 2018

Bicho är grym. Jag var på en föreläsning med honom i Göteborg och tycker att det är bra information. Denna kurs är också bra, men jag tycker att den är i dyraste laget med tanke på hur kort den är. All info är väldigt bra info, men som sagt, det är ganska kort speltid.

Prof. Dr. Hans-Günter Lindner
10 август, 2018

This is the course I needed. It shows essential know-how of flashlight portrait photography. Didactically, it is brilliant and the task to do four yourself are really challenging. You have to see this tutorial several times and try yourself step-wise.

08 август, 2018

I really liked the course. Everything is simple and understandable. The most important thing for me is that I can listen and watch at any time, go back to previous videos and review many times.

Pat Trotter
08 август, 2018

Each step carefully explained and reasons articulated. Easy to understand. Shows use of B1 and A1 together.

05 ноември, 2018

not enough content learning for the money overpriced!!

25 октомври, 2018

I was expecting something more from this course, it is a little to beginner level I think.
Also I was expecting as well some outdoor examples. And didn't really like the resulst of the lighting, din't seem much natural in most cases.

06 август, 2018

The material in this course contains very useful information. Not much equipment is required to produce a superb result.

13 октомври, 2018

Could use more info on setting camera ratios, high speed sync, and camera mode mode. When setting by light is manual mode used? If using manual mode high speed sync available? I've set by exposure for background and desired aperture in past expecting HSS and had banding when using manual mode.

30 юли, 2018

It's a excellent short course on lighting. Of course not all can be covered in that short time, but it's enough to get one started with confidence,

07 септември, 2018


27 юли, 2018

This was a very good course.

23 юли, 2018

Excellent course. Packed with good information and such an awesome teacher! Super fun to watch too.

Kitty Murray
18 август, 2018

I like the linear structure of each "how-to" and their breakdown within the larger framework... face, background, mixing lights.
The examples and lighting demos on the sphere and box passed by quickly so I had to go back and pause several times. More than one photo example per lighting concept would be great. Longer lessons that extend or that attempt to clarify the original concept would be great. TY

18 юли, 2018

I learned so much from this short video than I have ever learned form one on one classes. Good Job David!

31 юли, 2018

I took this course based on the weekly webinars that David and Anders conduct. I like David's style and process. Since I have watched their series, I was super familiar with his techniques. I just wished that this was longer. I only rated it an 8 because most of my friends are already proficient with these skills.

09 август, 2018

The reason why I give a 7 is because Profoto has uploaded a lot of this course online. Of course, David and Anders have filled in some generalities with specific info and demo techniques. Like I said before most if not all of my photo friends would no doubt learn something, but most shoot with these skills in play. I like David and Anders teaching style. I just wish the course was longer and a bit more dense. thank you.

Rikard Hernqvist
21 юли, 2018

It was easy to understand, I used my camera while I watched the course and tried at the same time at the office

30 юни, 2018

I loved the course, the InstriInst explained it in a clear and concise manner. My favorite part was the click trick. I never knew that before. 😊

Jack Cutler foto
16 юни, 2018

This course has been a refreshing eye opener for this old veteran. It brought back techniques that over time I had forgotten. What wonderful motivation

24 юни, 2018

Really amazing course. Fun, funny, and easy to follow. One suggestion: sometimes it was hard to tell where the lights were being placed in the shoots. For example, in the gym shoot with the boxer, it was hard to tell where the kicker and main lights were exactly as far as front to back placement. Maybe a simple diagram at the end would be helpful to give us a more clear idea of where the lights were.

T.M. Glass
13 юни, 2018

David Bicho is a remarkable teacher. would like more Bicho lessons.

Hicks Milner
10 юли, 2018

Great course. Wish that he had discussed the settings on the Profoto flashes.

Daniel Grandolfi
20 юни, 2018

This is is fantastic.
Mr. Bicho introduces a consistent method of lighting and creativity.
Even if you consider yourself an expert, this course is definitely useful.

09 юли, 2018

Over all a good tutorial. The goofy jokes might not be for me but its not a dealbreaker. In the part setting up the lights in the gym I think you could have benefited from at least one more camera angle. Now we did not get to see two of the flash placements, just the effect of them.

Jim Kilgo
06 юни, 2018

Great content and I like how each step was broken down to show and explain the concepts. I know this will improve my photography and can't wait to apply these concepts!

26 юни, 2018

Great introduction and overall series

Ricky Yunata
06 юни, 2018

Great tips on lighting a face and the use of lighting modifiers.

25 юни, 2018

Great overview

Valsan Melepat
05 юни, 2018

This is really must have for beginners to professionals.

25 юни, 2018

Great explanations

Valsan Melepat
04 юни, 2018

Provide subtitles, would be more easy to understand for non-English speaking people.

Ricky Yunata
03 юни, 2018

Great fundamental lighting course, it's very easy to understand

Stevenson Michel
12 юни, 2018

This course was very informative, but it would have been useful had you shown the light positions.

22 юни, 2018

I don't know photographer who want to follow, but if they ask I will recommend. But the course price will be a hurdle.

Jim Kilgo
05 юни, 2018

Very good instructional content. David is not only a great light shaper but entertaining in his teaching method.

Gary McGillivray-Birnie
25 май, 2018

Really informative and simple

Robert Hechinger
13 юни, 2018

clear, straight forward, no bla bla bla... Great course which makes the whole stuff easy

12 юни, 2018

Just a little too short, would like to see at least 3-4 set ups.

02 юни, 2018

This is great. I have learned a lot thus far. I am excited to start applying these new ideas and practicing the Click Trick.

27 май, 2018

In the lighting the face course , where there I a slide of 7 different lighting styles I think the short and broad lighting styles are incorrectly labelled

15 август, 2018

This part of the course was far too basic. I don't feel like I learned anything new.

25 май, 2018

The quiz is too easy , the content of the course is great

Don Heath
11 юни, 2018

good over all program with usable details.

Lars Hedberg
30 май, 2018

I like the course and it suits me well based on my knowledge of light and lighting. Wish I could sometimes turn off the music. It is very tired when you want to repeat different sections.

08 юни, 2018

Personally I think the courses should be a little cheaper

29 май, 2018

Really great content

Chris N
23 май, 2018

there is some good information, especially about setting your background exposure first, and about motivated light, however, $65 is incredibly pricey

30 май, 2018

Some nice reminders and refresh of process for setting up shots. However, I think when utilizing the special features of Profoto gear, like A1/B1 or Air Remote, this video missed an opportunity to talk to those specifics, like which "mode" color/freeze he'd prefer in each situation, whether he was starting with random chosen power levels, using TTL then Manual etc. I appreciated many of the tips on direction of certain lights, angling of modifiers and overall relationship of multi lights, but I just thought there could easily have been a bit more room to talking to some technical specs, while still keeping it applicable to any equipment and fun in it's mood.

06 юли, 2018

No explanations on balancing the light, no light meters, last video nothing to do with teaching.

Barbara Cook
24 май, 2018

In the planning lesson it looks as video camera is in one position. You can't see where the lights are positions and what is the directions. In next lesson specification of lights is different that lights used in previous lesson. Why so much time is spend on posing not on lighting. This is a course about light no posing.

Ricky Yunata
06 юни, 2018

I have learnt the different technique to create interesting shadows and to light a background. It’s a really great course

25 май, 2018

A bit too broad brush. I wish you had shared more useful information such as how you set up your light mode/power, how to determine that, what if outdoor ambient light is very bright (HSS), light fall off principle etc.

24 май, 2018

A waste of money...come on Profoto you can do better than this....this probably the worst instructor I have come across. He is all over the place with no flow to his shoots.

Courses in this series

Part 1 of 3 How to mix flash with ambient light

How to mix flash with ambient light

Discover how to create perfect shooting conditions and natural-looking images by means of mixing ambient light with flash. Read more
Part 2 of 3 How to light a face

How to light a face

Learn tricks for lighting the face and creating striking portraits with one or more lights and much more. Read more
Part 3 of 3 How to light a background

How to light a background

Find out how to create inspiring cinematic backgrounds using advanced but easy lighting techniques. Read more
Meet the teacher
David Bicho
A highly experienced photographer, David has shot everything from Hollywood celebrities to high end Profoto products, as well as producing award-winning magazine covers. He’s also trained hundreds of professional photographers in advanced studio lighting and lectured thousands of semi-professional amateurs. Renowned for his witty and inspiring teaching style, David brings his knowledge and passion to Profoto Academy.
Meet the teacher

David Bicho

A highly experienced photographer, David has shot everything from Hollywood celebrities to high end Profoto products, as well as producing award-winning magazine covers. He’s also trained hundreds of professional photographers in advanced studio lighting and lectured thousands of semi-professional amateurs. Renowned for his witty and inspiring teaching style, David brings his knowledge and passion to Profoto Academy.

Frequently Asked Questions

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No. All our courses are designed to improve your photography, regardless of what equipment you’re using.

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