Lighting to Showcase Shapes: Maternity

  • Instructors:
    Tony Corbell

    PPA Members:


    There are some shapes we want to hide in our portraits, but there are other shapes we want to highlight! In this class, PPA lighting expert Tony Corbell teaches you lighting techniques to enhance the images of your most shapely subjects: the new mothers-to-be!

    What lighting should you use? Tony walks you through…

    • Low-key and high-key lighting, and how to use them both. Did you know that skimming the light across the client’s belly creates a great, dramatic effect? Or that a change in body position or a tilt of the head can make all the difference? You will!
    • More unique poses and ideas to try, and how to use lighting to pull them off.
    • Using a multiple-light setup, and how to adjust the different lights to change the kinds of images you get.
    • How well window lighting works on maternity shoots.This low-cost option is right at your fingertips if you know how to use it, and Tony shares tips you may not have considered.

    When Tony’s done, you’ll know how to use lighting techniques to really make your mamas-to-be glow…and it won’t be the hormones!

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  • Duration: 0:31:44 Expand video to full screen for best view.

      • Tony Corbell

        Cr.Photog., API

        Tony has been involved in professional photography since 1979 when his first studio position was with his sister and her husband in West Texas.  Since then he has moved through an almost inspired life that has included traveling and lecturing in more than twenty countries, has photographed three U.S. presidents, 185 world leaders at the United Nations, sports celebrities, almost 800 brides and grooms, and a handful of NASA astronauts.

        In 2012, Tony passed a major milestone having taught more than 600 seminars and workshops nationally and internationally.  In 2008/09 alone, Tony spoke to over 9,000 photographers in 36 cities throughout the world including London, Glasgow, Dublin, Toronto, Vancouver, Mexico City, Sydney and many more U.S. cities. 2010 – 2012 was again busy with Tony traveling to Germany, Las Vegas, Nashville, New York, Dubai, London, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and many more than 30 U.S. cities teaching photographic lighting and image workflow processes and practices. His Basic Studio Lighting book from publisher Random House (AmPhoto) has been popular worldwide and is the basis for numerous photographic college lighting courses. Tony has written articles in nearly every major photographic magazine in the U.S., Japan, the U.K., and China.

        When asked what he is most known for, he says “being just about the biggest Beatles fan in the world.”

        Awards and Recognition
        1986 Texas Photographic Fellowship Degree
        1988 ITVA Educational Photographic Video Director or the Year
        1994 PPA Photographic Craftsman Degree
        1995 WPPI Master of Photographic Excellence
        1996 Brooks Institute Honorary Master of Science
        1998 WPPI Lifetime Achievement Award
        1999 PPA Approved Photographic Instructor
        2005 United Nations, IPC “Leadership Award”
        2006 PPA National Award/California
        2007 San Diego Commercial Photographer of the Year
        2007 Member, Camera Craftsmen of America
        2008 San Diego Picture of the Year
        2011 National ASP Associate Fellowship, Educational Award

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