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How to light a face

Part 2 of 3 in the Fundamentals of Lighting series

£49.00

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  • What you may need
Description

About this course

David demonstrates how to avoid common pitfalls when lighting for portraits. He shows how to make the most of light modifiers and shares numerous ways to light the face. 

Hannah Couzens shows how to apply the techniques in a portrait session. 

David then applies all the lessons from the course in a real-life portrait session with singer Hanna Larsson from the duo Hanna and Andrea. You’ll see how to mix three different lights for a very creative lighting setup.

What you get in this course

  • Online light shaping course
  • Downloadable step-by-step guide
  • Scenario based teaching with real life photographic shoots
  • Unlimited access on all devices
What you'll learn

Discover how to:

  • Change the environment and use it to create different styles for your portraits
  • Avoid the five most common pitfalls
  • Use the environment to impact and control contrast in shadows
  • Set the most common light patterns on a face with one, two, and three lights
  • Understand how different light modifiers impact shadow shape, contrast, and color

What you may need

Essential information

Here are some things that are good to know, as well as useful gear to use for this course. These are simply recommendations, not requirements.

Recommended gear

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

For the final hero image in this course we used:

  • 3 x lights for on- and off-camera use
  • 2 x strip box
  • 1 x soft grid
  • 1 x color gel
  • Extras: light stands, foam board, water spray bottle

Useful knowledge

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

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

What’s the difference between a series and a course?

A series consists of three or four 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.

Do I have to own Profoto products in order to take your courses?

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

How do I access the courses I buy?

As soon as we’ve received payment, you can view or take all your courses online - simply by logging on to the Profoto Academy website. You’ll find your courses at the Profoto Academy start page.

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Profoto products in action

You don’t need to own Profoto products to learn from this series. But just in case you’re interested, here are the ones we used:

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Profoto A1

Profoto B1X

RFi Softbox Strip

RFi Softgrid Strip