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Review of a @CreativeLive Class, "SkillSet: Best of Lighting"

Note: I received the product mentioned in this post for free from CreativeLive. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. All opinions are my own. Thanks!


As I mentioned last month, I recently signed up for a class with CreativeLive, a site that offers more than 1500 classes online taught by experts across a variety of topics. With so many intriguing photography-related options, I went with SkillSet: Best of Lighting which featured the highlights of a bunch of lessons taught by well known photographers. The class included hours and hours of footage; honestly I haven't even made it through all of them yet (but I definitely will!). Since I have the class to keep, it's there whenever I log into CL and I can pick up right where I left off. I really appreciated this feature.


Some things I learned from the segments I watched:
  • V-flats are easy to make and work well for portraiture with both natural and artificial light.
  • Sometimes one light is all you need (something I knew but it was nice to have it reiterated by other pros).
I really enjoyed the Joel Grimes segment of the class about photographing action because it involved a lot of what I do in my work. It was cool to see how another photographer works and gave me some things to think about. I liked to see both the things we do in common and the things we do differently. I also like that he really emphasized picking one thing you like shooting and then doing it over and over to get really good at it. My favorite quote from his talk was when he said, "I didn't get here because of talent. I get here because of hard work." Amen!


Did you take this class along with me? I'd love to hear your thoughts if you did! If not and you'd like to check it out or try another one, here's the code for 20% off: ISHARE20


Let me know what you thought and thanks again to CreativeLive!

Trying Out a @CreativeLive Class

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Model Credit: Vanessa Delegas
Note: I received the product mentioned in this post for free from CreativeLive. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. All opinions are my own. Thanks!

Like many photographers, I’ve been spending this winter doing all kinds of administrative projects; updating the website, working on a marketing plan, and exploring continuing education options. In a creative profession, you really have to continue learning in order to grow, keep your work fresh, and not become bored with repeated techniques.


When I was approached by CreativeLive to try out one of the online classes they offer in exchange for sharing the experience here and on social media [note: this post does contain affiliate links], I jumped at the chance. I had heard good things about CL but had never purchased a class before. CreativeLive has over 1500 that cover a variety of topics - business, marketing, audio/video, art/craft/design, and, of course, photography. I spent ages pouring over their class offerings trying to decide which one to take (there were so many photographers I recognized!). I finally settled on one called “SkillSet: Best of Lighting.”


I chose this class because although I do consider myself to be proficient in lighting, there’s always more to learn and I am curious to see how other photographers work. This class features several photographers whose work I admire (Sue Bryce, Joey L, and Joel Grimes to name a few). It’s a collection of highlights from some of their other classes on CreativeLive and I thought it would be a good intro to what CL offers. These photographers have been in the business for so many years and I’m really looking forward to picking up tips and tricks from them.


If this sounds like something you’d like to try too, why don’t you take the class with me?? Once you purchase the class, it’s yours to keep and you can watch at your own pace, checking out each segment when you can or binge watching the whole thing. Need another incentive? Here’s a 20% off code for your first CL class (either this one or whichever one looks interesting to you!):  ISHARE20

Let me know if you’re in (or if you’re trying something else). Happy learning!