Photography Composition Portrait Masterclass - See, Control, Capture & Process The Light - Parts 3-6

Mark Timberlake, Teaching Skills

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24 Videos (2h 17m)
    • Module 03 01 Introduction

    • Module 03 02 Seeing The Light

    • Module 03 03 Hard Light

    • Module 03 04 Soft Light

    • Module 03 05 Colour Temperature

    • Module 03 06 Activities

    • Module 04 01 Introduction

    • Module 04 02 Working The Scene

    • Module 04 03 Moving Your Feet

    • Module 04 04 Moving Your Subject

    • Module 04 05 Move Your Light

    • Module 04 06 Activities Module 4

    • Module 05 01 Introduction

    • Module 05 02 Your Camera

    • Module 05 03 The Three Levers

    • Module 05 04 ISO

    • Module 05 05 The Shutter

    • Module 05 06 The Aperture

    • Module 05 07 Activities Module 5

    • Module 06 01 Introduction Module 6

    • Module 06 02 The Digital Darkroom

    • Module 06 03 Lightroom Edit

    • Module 06 04 Snapseed Edit

    • Module 06 05 Activities


About This Class

Seeing The Light - Creative Photography Composition Masterclass Part 3

Did you know that photography is all about being able to see the light?

Do you understand the different properties of hard light and soft light?

Did you know you can use these light sources to achieve very differing effects in your image?

Did you know that various lights actually have different colour temperatures which when used correctly can affect the mood of your image?

Learn To See The Light And To Embrace It

Seeing the light is the single most important skill a photographer can learn, it is the very foundation of photography.  

All good photographers have learned to be observers of light, they have learned to be light hunters.  If the light isn’t right a good photographer won’t even raise their camera.

In this course we will explore the properties and uses of both Hard Light and Soft Light.  We will, through diagrams and examples of images, examine how the light is falling on the subject and reflecting back into the camera.  

Light colour temperature will also be explained with a helpful diagram.

Lectures included:

  • Seeing The Light
  • Hard Light
  • Soft Light
  • Colour Temperature

Controlling The Light - Creative Photography Composition Masterclass Part 4

Did you know that as a photographer you have the ability to control the light?

That by applying some simple techniques like moving your feet, moving your subject or moving your light, you can change your images in a dramatic way?

By working the scene you have a range of effects you can create in your images which range from dramatic and powerful to intimate and gentle?

Learn To Work The Scene To Become A Master Photographer

To become a master photographer you must learn to work the scene.

In this course you will learn how to move your feet.  

As a photographer you are the eyes for the viewer.  Wherever you move you are taking your viewer with you.  Your perspective becomes their perspective.

In this course we will examine the merits of the following perspectives with illustrative examples:

  • In front
  • Behind
  • From The side
  • Below Your Subject
  • Above Your Subject
  • Birds Eye View
  • The Ant View
  • Up Close
  • Macro View
  • Far Away

The second method of control is to move your subject.  This can range from literally moving the whole subject from one location to another, to getting the subject in the case of a person to move their head subtly or express emotion.

In this course we will examine the effects the following can have when moving our subjects: 

  • Move Your Subject
  • Simple Background
  • Providing Context
  • Creating Disparity
  • Cropping Backgrounds
  • Subtle Movements
  • Displaying Emotions
  • Dramatic Movements

The last option is to move the light.  You will learn about the different effects achieved by the direction of where the light is coming from.  

We will go through helpful examples of light direction in the virtual studio to illustrate this.

Lectures included: 

  • Working The Scene
  • Moving Your Feet
  • Moving Your Subject
  • Move Your Light

Capturing The Light - Creative Photography Composition Masterclass Part 5

Did you know that a camera uses three main controls to capture light?

That each of these control levers will produce a different effect on your image?

Do you find it challenging to get the correct exposure every time?

Are you losing details in the blacks or blowing out the whites?

Do you know why sometimes a camera in auto mode will expose an image incorrectly?


Learn How To Take Control Of Capturing The Light

In this course you will learn about capturing your image using the three controls in camera which affects the capture of light, these are ISO, Shutter and Aperture.  

It might be tempting to put your camera in auto mode and shoot away, however for the best results and to master your photography, it is essential to understand how these controls work manually.

This course explains how these levers relate to each other and what affects each will have when capturing your image, ranging from shallow and deep depth of the field to slow and fast capture of action and low light capture capabilities.

You will learn about setting the correct exposure including the different units of measurements used within each control.

The course will also go through the different types of cameras that you can use for photography today ranging from the smartphone to a DSLR.

Lectures included:

  • Your Camera
  • The Three Levers
  • ISO
  • The Shutter
  • The Aperture
  • Activities

Processing The Light - Creative Photography Composition Masterclass Part 6

Did you know that editing your own images will teach you how to improve your photography skills?

It is at the processing stage that you will learn where you are making mistakes and what to correct next time in camera?

Do you want to learn how to use editing to pull and push your images to achieve different effects?

Learn How To Edit Your Images For The Best Impact

Editing your images will become an essential part of your photography workflow.  It will be from this process that you will learn to become a better photographer as you will learn how to get in right in camera next time.

This course will go through some essential editing features:

  • White Balance
  • Cropping
  • Exposure
  • Contrast
  • Filters

This course also shares a simple effective editing workflow using the above features that you can follow to get you started.  

You will learn the differences between Raw and JPeg images which are the types of images produced by cameras.   

Lectures included: 

  • The Digital Darkroom
  • Lightroom Edit
  • Snapseed Edit
  • Activities

Ready For The Next Modules In The Masterclass?

This course is part of a much larger masterclass, so please make sure you check the other modules out.

Join Us

So join us in the course so that you can learn the laws and crack the code to which makes up great creative photography.





Mark Timberlake

Teaching Skills

Mark runs a marketing company called SME Heroes, which specializes in training on all things to do with online course creation and online marketing.

He has extensive experience with online business in various forms over the last 14 years and loves to share his hard won lessons and techniques for online business success.

In addition he also has over 12 years experience in online retail and over 5 years experience as a commercial photographer.

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