I’ll be presenting an all-new portrait lighting seminar at PhotoPlus Expo this fall. Expanding upon the lighting portions of my talk and book Secrets of Great Portrait Photography, this seminar will focus on how to master light. This is my third year speaking at PhotoPlus, but I’ve been attending for the past 20. Every time I’m asked to speak, I start with one single thought, “would I shell out money to sit through this talk?” With that in mind I’ve crammed two hours with all the lighting tips and tricks I wish someone told me about lighting when I was starting out. I’ll break down many of my favorite celebrity portrait shoots to show you how we lit them – but more importantly why I lit them the way I did. Come eager to learn ways to use light to get the look you want and to make everyone you photograph look and feel like a star.
SECRETS OF GREAT PORTRAIT LIGHTING sponsored by Sony
4-6pm Friday, October 26
Speaker: Brian Smith
Mastering great portrait lighting begins with a simple understanding how to control what light reveals and shadows hide. The best way to understand how to control and shape light is to first break lighting down to a few simple principles beginning with an understanding of how light can create drama and enhance the mood. Celebrity portrait photographer Brian Smith shares his use of lighting modifiers to control and shape light and shadow to create bold iconic portraits of Hollywood’s A-list. You’ll learn how to work quickly under pressure, on productions both small and large. Learn how to control the quality of light had how the choice between hard light and soft light allows you to control the mood. From his simple problem-solving approach to both sculpting light in the studio and how to overcome harsh daylight by blending strobe with ambient light to on location, you’ll learn how to take cues from reality make the most of great light when you find it and to create it when you don’t. Smith will share celebrity portraits of from his books ART & SOUL and SECRETS OF GREAT PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY to share ways that you can make everyone you photograph look and feel like a star.
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