Studio Lighting Photography

James Schmelzer

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6 Videos (42m)
    • Introduction

    • The Principles of Lighting

    • The Position of Light

    • Feathering Light and Background Light

    • Camera Settings

    • Wrap-Up


About This Class

This class will teach you the pricipals of Studio Lighting for photography. We will go over such things as: Light placement and distance, the seven patterns of light, lighting to correct facial features, and much more. You will end my class by creating a sequence of images (light by light) that helps you to learn exactly what each light is doing and where it should go.

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This is a quick and easy guide to studio lighting. I found it very helpful, and the examples were very clear and easy to understand. Recommended.
Cher Rineer

Graphic designer, dog lover, city person

great, simple and straight to the point,i know about light now, thank you
James is a true expert. I've taken some of his other courses as well. He lays out the keys to successful portraiture in an easy to understand manner. Great work!





Here’s a little bit about James: Known for his consistently outstanding style of portrait and wedding photography, James Schmelzer is an internationally known Master Craftsmen Photographer, lecturer and owner of Elite Photographic Studio located in Shelby Twp., Michigan. As a professional photographer for over 25 years, James has been awarded the Photographic Craftsman & Master of Photography from PPA, Accolade of Photographic Mastery from WPPI, among many others.

Besides owning and running his own studio, James conducts workshops, speaks at seminars & demonstrates lighting techniques at tradeshows all around the world. Recently Kelby Media Group has commissioned James to be their official senior portrait instructor for their online education site Kelby Training. James is also the author of quarterly portrait articles in Kelby Training’s online magazine Light It and one of the Dream Team instructors for Photoshop World Conference & Expo.

On top of  that, for over 25 years James has been the lighting representative for F.J. Westcott and has been actively involved in designing new light modifier products as well as creating instructional videos demonstrating the control of light.