The thing that sets Joel apart from other instructors is his ability to take complex photographic principles and simplify them in an easy-to-understand and unpretentious manner. When you watch him, you will think “I can do this!” leaving you inspired to go out and create. – Steve Slate
Individual Lessons Below
Strobed HDR 32 Bit Processing
Follow Joel into the field as he shows you how to create an HDR portrait using both strobes and ambient light, by bracketing the ISO as the exposure variable. This lesson will allow you to create a 32 bit file, expanding your exposure latitude with jaw-dropping results, especially in the tonal values of a black and white image.
Strobing Portraits Overpowering the Sun
Joel walks you through how to strobe outdoors, overpowering the sun to give you ultra dramatic portraits. Next, Joel explains the “Sunny 16 Rule” to help calculate your exposure using strobes in the field. This technique is a must for those who what to take their creative vision to the next level and compete in today’s marketplace.
Strobing Portraits Using ND Filters
Learn how to create ultra shallow depth of field portraits outdoors in full sunlight, while still using strobes. The good news is you’re not stuck shooting at f/16 for f/22 aperture anymore. By using a neutral density filter, you can now have complete control over your lighting, but still get that beautiful soft background bokeh look.
One Overhead light
Learn how to master the one light overhead portrait look strobing outdoors. Since light often falls from top to bottom, this simple lighting technique is a must for those working with beauty/fashion type subjects. This technique is also great for bridal and high school senior portraits.
One Light Cross Light Portrait
Discover the most beautiful light on the planet, the “One light cross light”. Often referred to as the Rembrandt Light, this lighting technique helps to reveal character in your subjects. For the first 25 years of Joel’s photography career, this one light cross light technique was all he used. It really is magical light.
Stitching Ultra Mega Pixels
Want to increase your file size to create ultra mega pixels? Stitching multiple images is nothing new, but what about strobing a portrait on location? The results can be off the charts amazing! Follow me as I show you how to strobe, stitch and process a portrait image in Photoshop resulting in a 150 plus mega pixel capture.
Three Light Edgy Portrait
And last, learn how I create my dramatic three light edgy portraits on location. No compositing folks, this is all done in camera. This lighting technique without question has been my signature brand over the last ten years and has served me will. Follow along as I take you through the process from start to finish.