Registration is OPEN /// Classes begin November 6th
(NEW!) Everyday Light Clinic


(NEW!) Everyday Light Clinic


Next class starts November 6
Registration opens October 2
Teacher Kellie Hatcher

Many photographers shy away from carrying their camera during times of day with less-than-ideal lighting. Not anymore! This class will empower you to shoot at anytime of day with confidence. There is no substitute for knowing how natural light works and understanding how to use it to your advantage.

Everyday Light Clinic will thoroughly cover indoor and outdoor light and teach you how to control and manipulate the light on your subjects.

This three-week class contains nine lessons and nine challenges to keep you moving through lighting scenarios and building on each concept. Every assignment turned in will receive personal feedback and advice from Kellie! Feedback on images may include written response, videos, and recorded critiques.

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WEEK ONE: Reading the Light Indoors – Study how the source of light and its proximity to your subject influence your final image.

WEEK TWO: Owning the Light Outdoors – Banish your preconceived notions about outdoor light and discover that you actually can shoot any time, not just during “golden hour”! You’ll learn how to evaluate your surroundings and find a good location ten steps out your front door, and you’ll learn to adapt and adjust your image for the lighting conditions on the fly.

WEEK THREE: Controlling the Light Anywhere – Low light conditions can make powerful images and bright light conditions can be tamed. Learn how to direct, control, and even stop the light by using curtains, flashlights, headlights, and dark backgrounds. You’ll be surprised at how much there is to experiment with!

The Schedule

All participation and interaction for this class will take place in a private online forum. (Registered students will receive instructions on how to access the forum a few days before class begins.)

On the first Monday of class, Kellie will share Lesson 1 in the forum. She will also be available during the week to answer questions and facilitate discussions in the forum as you read and work through your lessons.

While most of our DEFINE courses follow a weekly-lesson format, this class is unique – new assignments will be sent out every few days, for a total of nine shorter lessons and assignments. Kellie will offer feedback on every assignment.

The beauty of this class and every other class at DEFINE is that you can read, practice, and participate throughout the week whenever it is convenient for you- from any timezone, anywhere you have Internet access, at any time of day. Most students spend 3-5 hours per week “in class.”

If you have any questions please feel free to email info@thedefineschool.com.

Is this class for you?

This class was designed for anyone who struggles to manage ever-changing light and feels limited by preconceived ideas of "ideal" light. It's also perfect for photographers looking to stretch and make more dynamic and interesting imagery.

You should be confident shooting in manual mode and should be comfortable with basic post-processing.

This class is an excellent next step after Shooting in Manual and a recommended pre-requisite for all other DEFINE classes.

Kellie is a firm believer that you should continue to take classes and challenge yourself with assignments, whether you've been shooting for one year or ten. Both newbies and seasoned photographers are welcome!

Material(s) Needed

A DSLR camera, and we recommend a fixed aperture lens