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Composing Boldly with Light with Melina Nastazia & Alice Che

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    Do you want to learn how to use light more creatively? Do you want to feel confident that you can find beautiful light even outside of golden hour? Join Alice and Melina as they teach you to master many of the most difficult types of light, including dappled light, direct light, and even artificial light. You’ll learn how to incorporate beautiful shadow patterns in your work, how to create flattering light from unusual artificial light sources (including street lights and lanterns), and how to use light boldly to create a striking composition. You’ll also see their unique perspectives on golden hour backlight, you’ll learn how to use haze and flare creatively to enhance the atmosphere and emotional impact of your photographs, and you’ll see the many ways one window can be used to create beautiful images. This breakout will inspire and empower you use light in new and creative ways!



    • How to use direct light
    • How to find and use pockets of light
    • How to master backlight and add haze, flare, sunbursts and rays of light for creative effect
    • How to use windows to achieve several different types of light
    • How to master dappled light of both the organic and geometric kind by finding pockets of light, backlighting, photographing just the shadows, sidelighting and framing
    • How to create beautiful images using artificial light both outdoors and indoors
    • How to use reflected light to strengthen your composition, especially on cloudy days



    A gorgeous PDF on using light to create striking images

    A bonus PDF with exercises to help you practice your new knowledge

    Videos of Melina and Alice editing some of their favorite photographs

    A behind the scenes video in which Alice shows you how she would use the light in several locations and shares the thought process that leads to the final image.

    Q&A Video

    *Please note: All items in this listing are digital downloads that must be downloaded to a computer (you may transfer to an iPad after your original download to a computer).  Due to the nature of the product, refunds are not allowed for digital products.


    Alice Che is a fine art and portrait photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a girly girl with over 50 dresses as well as a lover of fairy tales and happily-ever-afters, so it’s no surprise that her passion is photographing couples and weddings. Photography is her creative outlet from a highly technical job. Alice is huge lover of light and is constantly on the lookout for new and creative ways to use light to enhance the emotions in her photos. She loves having the ability to express her emotions and personality through her photography, especially in self portraits. Recently, she has discovered a passion for using light and shadows to bring her clients’ love for each other into their photographs, telling their love story one picture at a time.

    Melina Nastazia is a natural light photographer and her style is creative fine art. She is based in Brooklyn, NY, where she lives with her husband and three children. Before she fell in love with photography, she was an actor, and her theater background greatly informs her work. Through her images she seeks to tell stories and communicate ideas. She is fascinated by light and the many ways it can set the mood, create drama and complement emotion in an image. She is particularly interested in capturing human connection and soul: what drives us, what moves us, what brings us together, what makes us uniquely individual, what destroys us, what lifts us up, and most of all, what sets us free.

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    1. This breakout is definitely inspiring.

      Great photos are all about the light and this breakout helps you to recognize how to work with the light you are given (or how to find the light for a vision you have). It will have you hunting everywhere for light, identifying the type and inspiring your creativity and vision. I thought I had found all the types of light in my house but was able to find a pocket of gold after going through this and seeing their pullbacks and really thinking about how I could find similar light in my house. Great breakout! on 3rd Jun 2016

    2. This was my first breakout….

      and although I signed up late and had little time to post my photos for critique, the amount of information that is in the pdf’s and videos is amazing!! And being new to photography I really appreciate the ease of use along with the beautiful examples. I now am noticing light everywhere and really exploring using it boldly but with more purpose. This breakout was well worth it and a great first breakout for me. on 3rd Jun 2016

    3. Melina and Alice did such an incredible job with this breakout!

      The information contained within the PDF and the videos covers everything you need to know if you are interested in starting to play with light in dramatic and bold ways. This is wonderful if you are looking to add variety to the types of photos that you have. While this breakout was meticulously organized and contained detailed information that would be helpful to photographers at any level, I want to share what made it most helpful to me. First of all I loved that I got to see two different photographer’s approaches to varied lighting, and how they edit these types of light. What this provided was the opportunity to experience, and not just hear, that there are multiple ways to approach any photo. It was refreshing to see two different styles, both amazingly beautiful, but crafted in different ways, each following the basic concepts that makes these specific types of lighting work. I was also impressed with how carefully questions were answered and processes were explained, both in the videos and in the threads (it was such a treat to read the CC on everyone’s images, it is wonderful to get an idea on how others perceive photos). And of course the greatest thing for me is pushing me out of my comfort zone, which is extra easy with the exercises in the bonus PDF, and trying new things. I felt like I finally have the information I needed to actually try and photograph in dappled light, and how to properly edit a hazy image for example. Beautiful work all around! on 3rd Jun 2016

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