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Cinematic and moody – Dramatic portraits
Part 3 of 3 in the Professional Portraits series
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About this course
Hannah creates inspiring cinematic images for a commercial client, using stunning locations and more advanced lighting techniques. In the first scenario Hannah is shooting in a beautiful art deco cinema using a three light set-up, including a main, rim and background light. You’ll learn how to drag the shutter with a long exposure to bring out the interior tungsten lights and use flash to freeze your subjects. Hannah will show you how to create a cinematic Hollywood look with hard light modifiers and grids. Then in an atmospheric dawn shoot, Hannah uses flash with a long exposure to freeze the subject’s movement, whilst combining it with the city’s ambient light.
Lighting skill level: Intermediate
Duration: 43 min
What you get in this course
- Online light shaping course
- Downloadable step-by-step guide
- Scenario based teaching from real life photographic shoots
- Unlimited access on all devices
Discover how to:
- Create a concept shoot for a commercial client
- Make your portraits more dramatic with background lights, hard modifiers and grids
- Build different 3-light setups using main, rim and background lights
- Shoot in low light situations by dragging the shutter both indoors and outdoors
- Use flash to freeze movement at dawn, whilst mixing it with ambient light
- 3 x lights for off-camera use
- 1 x hard light modifier of choice
- 1 x grid of choice
- Lighting skill level: Intermediate
- Strongly recommended to take the other courses in the Professional portrait series
- Want to start exploring simple lighting techniques
- Camera skill level: Comfortable in handling the camera in manual mode
Frequently Asked Questions
A series consists of two or more courses from the same photographer. If you buy a series, you will benefit from a bundled offer for the entire package. Also, when you complete a series, you’ll receive personal feedback from one of our instructors and become a Certified Light Shaper.
No. All our courses are designed to improve your photography, regardless of what equipment you’re using.
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