High Impact Photography & 5 Creative Studio Lighting Setups by Lindsay Adler


How to create high impact photographs. That’s what it’s all about. No matter which genre of photography you’re in, you’re trying to leave a lasting impression with your images. Lindsay Adler is one of the most successful portrait and fashion photographers out there. She has created thousands of high-impact images. She knows how it’s done.

This product is actually a combination of two brand new video courses. In the first course, Lindsay tells you her secrets for high-impact photography. She talks about how color, emotion, composition, light, movement, and subject matter can be combined in a single photograph to really make it stand out.

In the second course of Lindsay’s mini bundle, she shares with you 5 simple lighting setups that she uses for her photography. She also gives you tools for combining multiple setups to create even more refined looks. So, this video is actually more like a lighting toolbox that you can use to find your specific setup for a given scene.

In this review, I’ll tell you more about what’s inside the videos and whether you should get them.

Quick Facts

TypeLengthSkill levelRetail Price
Video2.5hBeginner – Intermediate$198

Special note: This product is launched exclusively with the 5DayDeal bundle.

The Instructor

5daydeal-sept-15-contributor-lindsay-adlerLindsay Adler is a professional portrait and fashion photographer based in New York City. Her editorial work has appeared in numerous fashion and photography publications internationally including Noise, Bullett Magazine, Essence, Zink Magazine, Rangefinder and dozens more. She shares her passions and knowledge with others, and each year she lectures tens of thousands of photographers world-wide.

Detailed Review

I will give you a description and my impression for each of the two courses separately.

High Impact Photography

Lindsay’s recipe for high-impact photos builds on four main elements: Color, emotion, composition, light, movement, and subject matter. In this first video course, she will show you how to apply and mix these elements by taking you through four different creative shoots from start to finish.

At the beginning, Lindsay explains the 6 elements and gives you examples on how to use each of them in your photos. Then she shows you how to put it all together in a single image. This is a very insightful part as you will see how each element adds something to the image and how they interact. Lindsay shows you how to create a mood board to plan your shoots and make your images instead of just taking them. One of the reasons why you may feel that your images have too little impact may well be that you do too little planning. This is the first stage of every creative process.

In the next part, she takes you behind the scenes and shows you how to integrate those high-impact elements in a shot deliberately. Then she shows you how to execute such a shoot technically with all the aspects involved like hair, make-up, wardrobe, camera positions and angles, and light. For each of the four shoots, Lindsay explains the concept, the general approach and the execution step by step. This also includes all the technical aspects like cameras, lens choice, lighting and many other little tips.

After taking you through each shoot, she goes into Photoshop for two of the four images, and you will learn how she processes her photos to really bring out those high-impact elements.

5 Creative Studio Lighting Setups

In this course, Lindsay shows you 5 studio lighting setups that are inexpensive and easy to use. You will not need fancy gear and expensive light modifiers to do this. Lindsay shows you how to make your shoots work nevertheless. For each setup, she provides important information like the the distance to the light, the hight and the power of the light. She uses simple diagrams that you can study and apply to your own photo shoots. She talks about using grids, choosing backgrounds and using reflectors creatively. In a bonus part, Lindsay shows you how to shoot with a mix of constant light and strobes to create the impression that the background is wrapping around the subject.

You will learn which tools you need and how to use them in different scenarios to create the most impact in your photography.

Other Things You’ll Learn

What I like about Lindsay’s videos is that you get to take a look inside the brain of a high-class professional photographer. You get a feel for the way they think, plan and execute. This may not be something you can immediately pick up, learn, and apply, but it shows you which state of mind you need to make it in the industry.

Teaching Style

Lindsay does not waste a lot of your time by becoming overly philosophical about things. Her personality also shows in her teaching style which is very effective and to the point. The individual sections of the video are sometimes only a few minutes long, but she manages to get her knowledge across very effectively.

Summary and Verdict

These are fast-paced and condensed video tutorials that will bring you closer to achieving professional results in your photography. The fascinating thing is that you often think that professional portrait and fashion photographers do all sorts of fancy stuff with very expensive equipment. But these videos show you that the opposite is often true. It’s about how to get the best results with the least investment of money and time. It’s about being efficient while you’re being effective.

That’s what you will learn besides all the tips about creating impact and using simple lighting.

  • I always love it when a tutorial shows you everything from start to finish. This is exactly what Lindsay does here. She starts with the idea and the planning and takes you all the way to the finishing touches in Photoshop.
  • You will really get a lot of insights into the creative process of a professional.
  • You will get a ton of useful tips that you can readily apply to your photography.
  • Lindsay is a fast speaker and thinker. And that’s how her videos are: fast and to the point. I found myself having to rewind several times because the course is so condensed. Lindsay actually manages to put an amount of useful information into these 2.5 hours that others would need 4 hours for. But hey, you will have the videos and can watch them as often as you like.
  • When Lindsay talks about what her make-up artist and wardrobe stylist do for a shoot, you may feel a bit inferior. After all, who has a wardrobe artist? But this is more about the ideas, the approach and the basic concepts. Keep in mind that she is a very busy high-end commercial photographer. So it’s only natural for her to outsource these things.
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