Lighting Crash Course Cover & Lessons Revealed!

Ok, so we have known pretty much what the cover of the Lighting Crash Course would be for years. In fact, I would almost rather change it to the picture of the woman in the smaller image, but because its been printed and listed all over the place, we are sticking with the shot of light bouncing off the microphone.

Here are the main Lighting Crash Course Description & Lessons, the video is currently running at 3 Hours and 45 Minutes, but anything is subject to change. I expect to move, delete or add a few lessons here and there but if we add anything, it will be very short, and we will only delete something if its already been covered enough.

Module 2 has overlap with the Canon Speedlite Crash Course DVD and runs about 20 minutes. As I explained on that video, I had to include those lessons on both DVDs, so anyone (including non-Canon Users) will benefit from each video.


3 and a half years in the making, Michael The Maven’s highly anticipated “Lighting Crash Course” is near finally completion.

In this training video, Michael tackles the complex subject of “Light” in a way no one else has; first breaking down the physics of light into simple terms, demonstrating its characteristics, behaviors and limits, and then shows users how to manipulate those properties for great pictures.

You will learn all about; The Physics of Light for photography in an easy to understand manner, Observation Techniques, Studio Gear, Set Up & Demonstrations, Portrait Lighting Techniques, several types of complex Product Lighting & methods, Mixed lighting on location and mostly importantly: Michael’s simple system to know how to light virtually ANY situation.

If you are any kind of photographer who wants to dramatically increase your understanding of light and techniques, THIS IS THE TRAINING SET FOR YOU! – Originally priced at $100, Michael is offering it for just $45!!

Michael’s students consistently agree: “I LOVE the way Michael teaches because he does so in a way I am able to understand. Not only is he a great photographer, he is one of the best instructors I’ve ever learned from…anywhere!”

Module 1- The Science of Light

– What is Light?
– Reflection & Family of Angles
– Polarization Principles
– The Science of White Balance
– Michaels Secret Trick to Reverse Engineer Any Portrait

Module 2- Light for Photography

– Flash and Exposure
– Light Variables
– Inverse Law of Light
– 4 Studio Lights
– 1st and 2nd Curtains
– Clipped Exposures
– 3 Control Rules

Module 3- Studio Light Tools and Techniques

– Introduction to Studio Gear
– Slave/Trigger Set Up
– Light Meters
– How to Measure Light with your Camera
– Michael’s Secret Lighting Technique (Applicable to ALL shooting Situations!)

Module 4 – Studio Shooting

– Quality of Light
– Studio Walk Around, Pros/Cons
– Studio Lighting Crash Course
– High Key Lighting
– One Light, High Key Trick
– Post Processing for High Key
– Light Modifiers, Gels, Snoots, Grids, Flags
– Multiple Studio Portrait Set ups, Classic and Modern
– Shooting Individuals Wearing Glasses
– Shooting Groups

Module 5 – Production Shooting

– Shooting Opaque Products (4 Lessons)
– Shooting Dark Glass
– Shooting Clear Class (4 Lessons)
– Product Lighting Tips and Tricks

Module 6 – Shooting Outdoors

– Complete Shade
– Complete Shade with Blown out Backgrounds
– Michael’s “As the Eyes See” Technique
– Ambient Light Slow Shutter Speeds
– Use of Grad Filters
– Complex, Mixed Lighting Portrait Shoot
– Michaels Notes
– End of DVD Quiz and Review

More information and sneak preview lessons coming soon!

Day 47

THE coolest invertebrate of all time (and apparently the most intelligent). Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce you to the “Cuttlefish”. Most people have never heard of it, including myself until a month ago. I was shocked that I actually ran into one on the trip. For those of you who insist that the Octopus is the smartest invertebrate, I can only say this: Cuttlefish EAT Octopi.

If any animal was dropped off onto earth by a UFO, this is it. “W” shaped pupils, master of camouflage (in color as well as skin texture) master hunter, and as curious and interested in humans as we are in them.

I have a video coming on my amazing encounter with it. (Im the shadow in the lower left corner).

Day 46

I found that even on my trip there is always enough time in a day to do a 365 shot. I took several extras, but not all of them turned out as nice as I would have liked, so I think I am going to ditch them for now.

On the rubber raft, getting ready for a big shoot!

My First Decent Underwater Shots

In the afternoons, when the day was hottest, a few of the crew members would get out of the sun and others would take naps. (It was exhausting work, as we were shooting 3 times a day in the water. Each day I was able to take go on “pure scuba diving” dives with the boat captain who was a certified dive master. On the third dive, I finally started getting results that were halfway decent. All of these images were taken with a Canon 5DII in an Ikelite Water Housing, using a Canon 100 mm Macro L lens.This is my first solid picture of a nudibranch. Its essentially a sea slug that breathes through its lungs which are sticking out as ears.Another type of nudibranch- They really are fun to find, very easy to miss if you glance them over too quick. There are a wide range colors and shapes of these sea-slugs, so every time I see one I get happy because I want to collect images of them, cones (which I will talk about more later) and especially, fish! Unfortunately, most fish are too fast for me right now 🙂 Lion Fish making its defensive display of “Dont Mess with me”Teeny tiny transparent shrimp. The dive master was pointing at them for at least 20 seconds before I saw them.Found Nemo!!More pictures coming!

Children of the Sea

Something Paul and I wanted to do was make sure we got some good portraits of the Moken Children. Not only is this important from a cultural perspective, but we will also print some shots up and send them back to the family in a waterproof binder, so they at least have some nice images of their kids.

It was amazing to watch these young kids swim, hunt and pretty much just live on the ocean, they were completely comfortable in it.Pretty amazing to think each of these kids goes out to help their family catch the food for the day…in the ocean. The 2 boys on the left are Yele’s (the Moken Father whom we worked with most) boys, I would estimate they are ages 4 and 7. The third boy was between 14-15 and was Yeles son-in-law, which means, yes, he was married. Something important to note is those white shells you see on the rocks, are RAZOR sharp. I slipped and just barely touched one and it sliced my finger wide open. The Moken children jumped from rock to rock without slipping, falling or hurting themselves. This is Yele’s youngest daughter, she was adorable as you can see and very comfortable in front of the camera. Also pretty playful, I got a little too close to her once and she smacked me right on top of my head and let out a big laugh.

I was happy that by the 2nd day I had solved the water droplet issue on the above water part of the image. The closest I could describe what this little one was doing is “water dancing”. He would jump in, do a bunch of flips, move his arms, wiggle, grab some air and repeat. It was totally spontaneous….His older brother….also loved to play and dance. It was quite interesting to watch…Im pretty sure I have some video of it too. Though I didn’t mean to, I think I have enough HD video to put together a little special on the Mokens. …for as poor as they are, it sure didnt seem like it affected their happiness. They were always laughing, smiling and playing. Living on the ocean, they always had food too.Thats a giant oyster he is about to grab. He did get it. Their main technique here was to spear it, the oyster would clamp down and then they would pull the spear up or use it as leverage to break them from the coral. Not a great picture, but it shows you what I thought this was a very clever technique, they have these really long spears, so if they are swimming around and they need a little break, they plant the spears into the ocean floor and rest on the spears! This is the 7 year old and 14 year old resting. Remember this is a 7 year old hunting for fish in the ocean.The little girl didn’t get out of the boats much, but she does know how to swim no doubt.More pictures to come!