I am SO excited to post a review for the Illuminate e-course by The Milky Way: A Resource for Photographers. This is an online workshop targeted toward newborn, maternity and children’s photographers that are beginners to studio lighting. Since I specialize in newborn photography and at the time of the course didn’t own any studio lighting I was the perfect candidate for this 3 week e-course.
In the first few modules we went over what equipment would be needed for studio photography. What I loved is that there were many different options presented — what were must have’s, nice-to-have’s and even some DIY options! I never felt pressured into buying into just one system or brand and it was evident from the beginning that the course would teach me how to get professional results from both expensive equipment as well as entry level products.
The videos gave step-by-step instructions on how to setup your lighting to mimic natural light for the most beautiful photos. They even included the same shots taken with both studio and natural window lighting to allow comparison. Because of this I now feel so much more confident shooting in both lighting situations, making me much more prepared as I go to my client’s location for newborn shoots.
I was so overwhelmed with studio lighting before I took this course, I had no idea where to begin. Strobes, continuous lighting, umbrellas, softboxes, reflectors — oh my gosh it all made my head spin. But now I feel so confident, and I want you to feel the same way too. If you want to learn about studio lighting this course can help you too. I promise it’s not as complicated as you think!
Still on the fence? Go checkout The Milky Way’s website and read reviews from others. While you’re there you might as well get their free 2014 Yearly Planner, it’s awesome!