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Contemporary Portrait 2

Lesson 25 from: The Portrait Lighting Challenge: Natural vs Studio

Sue Bryce, Felix Kunze

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25. Contemporary Portrait 2

Lesson Info

Contemporary Portrait 2

so he's a natural light image I'm going to go through and doing exactly the same pattern that we've been doing this going to cost the ceviche and red got this image because I did get the background by yeah this is one of the probably most significant differences this is one of the few shots that I talking it's one of the few shots felix took again we only took two so we didn't spend a lot of time trying to match it um sure we could have got even closer in this image I actually prefer this drug um it's a bitter expression and it's a bit of even light on the face so that's the natural life and it's a stripe here and this looks very natural light to mei I'm this would be the hardest shot for most people to light with strobes to make it look so natural compared to what I see people like I feel like this is very soft it's very even it's very close to how I shoot and in fact it's an improvement I like the softness of it and you know it's really neat no the stage I'm going too all right I'm r...

eally happy with it it's really simple there isn't a lot I'm going to change in this image um often when I have a simple image like this I mean this image wouldn't make it to my final because it's not a nice shot of her face but this one would probably make it to the final viewing because it is a nice expression um I definitely well I didn't realize she had contacts in at all while I was shooting here I'm just gonna lighten up around the iris I don't really feel like I would do much to this um been any skin that let's have a look and what I see when our options are sometimes I open it and it doesn't need anything sometimes it can just have something at team percent other times I go in and find something completely new and amazing and then use it multiple times I know the first thing I'm going to do is go away from the docks because pa lloyd being my go to for the yummy dark images is going to be take out c for this light image it just looks too dark and bernie what I'm going to do is go up into my color and go back to my go to my first go to and that's fade all the reds that is enough for me it's made her skin tone lighter it's made her lips and cheeks ridder it's popped the image and her eyes and it's just you watch as it comes in a little bit of a bounce and I really like it I don't need to do more of it it's a simple image it's a beautiful portrait I just gotta drop it down to about I'm gonna go fifty five um I'm going to apply the same filter to the natural light and I'm gonna drop that down to thirty five and I'm going to settle down um interestingly enough I've got a little bit off uh shadow here which had probably removed for my client or you know sometimes when I'm dealing in backgrounds if I just get something that bothers me I simply going on climate down I think you're too fussy about it and then I'm going to let him and flatter him and so they were a really good side by side in a day is safe that my enemies can image and just put that as a side by side

Class Materials

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Lighting Challenge Workshop Guide Part 1
Lighting Challenge Workshop Guide Part 2
Sue Bryce & Felix Kunze - Gear Guide
The Lighting Challenge Syllabus

Ratings and Reviews

Aliah Husain

I loved this course! I purchased it as a beginner photographer, unsure of whether to shoot natural or studio light and how to get the best results. After watching the course, I am fully confident in my ability to use both natural and studio lighting in my photography. And most importantly, I feel I have the knowledge base to be able to experiment with lighting in any situation. I am both grateful and inspired by these two amazing teachers sharing their technical knowledge and a personal piece of themselves. It is clear that they genuinely care about making their students better photographers. Thank you, Sue and Felix!!!


This is the best lighting class I've done, including several in-person ones. Covers so much, and the contrast between and dialogue about the two styles (natural vs studio) was so helpful. I didn't think there was anything at all negative about how Sue spoke with Felix, which a few reviewers said. Clearly she has great respect for him, which she sincerely says at one point, and explains why. Wonderful to see specifically how they both shape light. So many topics are covered. Loved Felix's clear and specific explanations about studio lighting. This class is worth every penny.

Wasabi Ben Kenobi

This was a fantastic introduction to studio lighting, and one of the best courses I've watched on Creative Live. I've only ever done natural light photos, but I want to learn more about studio lights because I'm creating a basement studio. I'm already a big fan of Sue's approach to portraiture. Now I'm a fan of Felix's soft lighting approach, too. In this course, he demonstrates how to replicate natural light portraits with a simple lighting setup. With a big scrim, a strobe or constant lamp, and v-flats, you can do so much! I'll be watching this course again.

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