Dramatic Portraiture With Chris Knight

Dramatic Portraiture With Chris Knight

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Shadow, Emotion, Mood, Storytelling; all of these are foundational elements of a dramatic portrait. For photographers aching to improve their grasp on the tools of dramatic portraiture, knowing where, and how to start, can puzzle even the most sophisticated of artists.

PRO EDU partnered with Chris Knight, one of the best in the portraiture industry, to provide you with the highest quality educational experience possible. Chris shares his approach to using light, shadow, and mood to tell the stories of his subjects. This tutorial focuses on the methods to understand and craft light, and is perfect for photographers looking to take their portrait work to new levels.

In this tutorial you will learn:

About Advanced Lighting For Dramatic Portraits
Step-By-Step Lighting Diagrams
About Character Development For Your Subjects
The History Of Photography
How Chris Directs His Talent
How Chris Poses Talent
The Do's and Dont's of Posing Subjects
How to Shape & Control Light
Chris's Art of Storytelling
How to Dodge & Burn
How to Color & Tone
How to Cleanup Skin
Few things move viewers like the emotion and mood of a well-executed dramatic portrait. Chris takes you step-by-step in this all-inclusive walkthrough of his advanced portrait workflow. The story-telling centrality of his method lies in the understanding that crafting light should help to fulfill the narrative, not the other way around.

By the end of this tutorial you will be able to make an informed and intelligent approach to your lighting setup, light your sets with intent and purpose, focusing on direction, angle, and falloff as well as capture images rich in story, with cinematic lighting and styling.

This 13 hour tutorial uses Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Several actions are included: Frequency Separation (Pratik Naik’s Action), Sharpening, Noise, and Output. Raw practice images are also included.

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Dramatic Portraiture With Chris Knight
  • Qualities of Light

    Episode 1

    Continue to develop a study in light. Go on set with photographer, Chris Knight, as he discusses and practically displays the language of light. Learn the value of using a light meter (in this case a Sekonic 358). Define and explore practical examples of hard and soft lighting in a studio environ...

  • Modifications of Light

    Episode 2

    Go deeper into the concepts of direct, diffused, and reflected light. Working on set, follow photographer Chris Knight, as he shapes light, evaluating transitions, specularity, contrast and distinctive quality. Build the foundations for lighting and composing incredibly dramatic portraiture.

  • Size Matters

    Episode 3

    With a firm grasp of hard and soft light, diffusion and modification, focus on the size of light sources and the relative distance to the subject. Understand the relationship, the cause and effect of changing from small to large light sources, adjusting distance for effect. Begin to hone your abi...

  • Lighting Patterns

    Episode 4

    In this section, follow photographer, Chris Knight, as he examines the relationship of lighting position to a subject’s face. Create intentional patterns, honing your ability to evoke a master of lighting - Rembrandt. Dissect Rembrandt lighting, identify components that create the aesthetic. Exam...

  • Purpose of Light

    Episode 5

    In this section, begin to assimilate all of the practice, terminology, and examples, to form an intended purpose in the way that you light for dramatic portraiture. Consider the purpose of what a light is doing by breaking down jobs of light. Learn to identify the roles and application of a light...

  • Ratios of Light

    Episode 6

    With command of the equipment and theory, begin to manipulate lighting to control the overall contrast of your image. Move through a spectrum of power and lighting intensity across the key and fill for specific control over the contrast of your subject’s face. Define stops and push the boundaries...

  • Shape of Light

    Episode 7

    Build on your understanding of light, transitioning focus towards shaping your lighting setup. Examine with practical examples the effect of using modifiers to shape light with intention. Shape your lighting setup with examples using common modifiers like an octobox, rectangular softbox, large um...

  • Controlling Light

    Episode 8

    Learning to control light is as much about blocking where you don’t want illumination as it is where you do. In this stage, follow photographer, Chris Knight as he uses a variety of modifiers. Learn about grids, barn doors, snoots, grids on modifiers and flags.

  • Favorites
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    Episode 9

    Favorites

    Episode 9

    For this stage of the process, learn even more advanced lighting toolsets. Examine the uses and benefits of specialty modifiers like the umbrella with diffusion, ring flash and the spot projector. Follow photographer, Chris Knight, as he demonstrates more advanced and subtle lighting to give your...