In the Studio & On The Field: Seniors & Athletes Lighting Techniques

January 9 & 10, 2024

Learn lighting techniques from a seasoned pro

Take control of your shoots by mastering lighting. In this two session online course, Westcott Top Pro Matt Hernandez will break down his shoots for seniors and athletes. Matt will share not only the technical aspects but also his creative process to help you learn how to make the most of your shoots. 

(Two 90 minute Sessions) *Class recordings are made available to those enrolled!  

Workshop Tuition: $199.00

Workshop outline

Session One: Breaking Down the In the Studio Shoot

This session will break down Matt’s approach to a studio shoot. We will cover: 

  • Breaking down modifiers & why to use them
  • Different angles for different light looks
  • Always varying your shots – Zooming in and out/moving around
  • Shooting a profile 
  • Working with a Senior – how to pose them, how to make them comfortable 

Session Two: Breaking Down the Athlete Shoot

In this second session, we will leave the studio and tackle an athlete shoot on location! This session will cover:

  • Matt’s go-to two light setup 
  • Underexposing the background vs. shooting with more ambient
  • Different ways to do it, HSS and ND and why for each
  • Using practical light to your advantage 
  • How to expose the image
  • Selecting a modifier
  • Hard light vs soft and mixing it up 
  • Action Shots
  • How to get your model to perform
  • What modifiers to use for action 
  • The business side of things 

Meet your instructor

Matt Hernandez

Lead Instructor
Matt is a portrait photographer based out of Kentucky who specializes in on location creative lighting focusing on seniors and athletes. He began his career as an award-winning graphic artist, and has since used those skills to help launch a very successful photography career. He has won multiple awards including the “People’s Choice Award” at the 2012 Google+ Photographer’s Conference, and The “Most Creative Award” at the 2013 Las Vegas Photoshop World Westcott Shootout. In 2013 he was chosen to represent F.J. Westcott as one of their “Top Endorsed Pros.”
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