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The Pursuit of Light

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Join 's Course: 4-Week Short Course: The Pursuit of LightLearn how to take your photography to the next level by discovering how to see, control and use light. This course - taught by pro photographer Ibarionex Perello - is meant to reveal the "secret" of great photographers who creatively use the qualities of light (intensity, direction and color) to produce stunning and memorable photographs. You will also learn how to use the key features of your camera (exposure, white balance and ISO) to produce not only well-exposed images, but photographs that are dramatic, beautiful and memorable. It's a course that has the potential to transform what you do as a photographer.
Key Features

  1. The Quantity of Light
  2. The Quality of Light
  3. The Qolor of Light
  4. Pursuing the Light

  • Discover the power of the three Q's (Quantity, Quality and Qolor).
  • Understand the importance of metering, ISO and exposure.
  • Learn how to see light and shadow and use it for dramatic effect.
  • See how the different qualities of light impact your subject.
  • Master the key camera features which will improve image quality.
  • Understand the relationship between ISO, shutter speed and aperture.
  • Discover how to see the light even without the benefit of a camera.
  • Learn how to be prepared for virtually any photographic opportunity.

What You Get


You get direct feedback on your photos from world-acclaimed, professional photographers. You can learn photography in this way from anywhere in the world.  
  • Learn at your pace, with structure.
  • Be guided by a real pro instructor.
  • Get your photos critiqued every week.
  • Join students from around the world.
  • Go far beyond any book or DVD.
  • Make great pictures, again and again!



Photography Instructor: Ibarionex R. Perello Ibarionex R. Perello
Ibarionex R. Perello is a writer and photographer who has over 15 years worth of experience in the photographic industry. For six years, he was the associate editor for Outdoor Photographer, PC Photo, and Digital Photo Pro magazines. He was a technical engineer for Nikon Inc. for 8 years where he provided technical support and training on both film and digital technologies.

Ibarionex also hosts and produces “The Candid Frame”, an audio podcast where he interviews the best professional and emerging photographers in the world. The bi-weekly podcast is available by visiting

His personal photographic projects include a 5-year documentary project that focused on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. He is currently producing a series of portraits on established and emerging writers of Southern California.

A Couple of Photos by the Instructor

© Ibarionex Perello 

© Ibarionex Perello 

Course Outline


Lesson 1: The Quantity of Light
This lesson emphasizes awareness of the quantity of light that a photographer has to work with. You will learn the benefits of multi-pattern, center-weighted and spot metering and how to use features such as exposure compensation to ensure a well-exposed image. You will also learn how to use exposure information to improve the sharpness of your photographs. 
Assignment #1: Photograph a subject in open shade, e.g. such as alongside the wall of a house. Choose a simple clean background and pose your subject there. You should be using a moderate focal length range of between 50-70mm. Set your ISO to 200 and with your camera in aperture priority mode, set your lens to the widest aperture. Write down the shutter speed you are using. Close down the aperture to the next full stop, note your shutter speed and make an image. Do this for each full stop aperture. Download your images and evaluate their comparative sharpness. 

Lesson 2: The Quality of Light
This lesson explains how the camera evaluates and measures light using its 3 metering modes. You will understand which metering system will handle 90 percent of your shooting situations and when you might want to use the other two alternatives.
Assignment #2: Photograph a single subject under two different types of lighting. First, choose a scene where there is a strong highlight and shadow, making sure to expose for the highlights. Be aware of where the shadows are falling on the subject and the background. For the second shot, place the subject in open shade, again paying careful attention to where the shadows fall.

Lesson 3: The Qolor of Light
Learn how white balance impacts the color of your photographs and how to ensure that your camera delivers the most accurate color possible. Learn the techniques getting great color in the camera, resulting in less time "fixing" images in Photoshop. Discover the qualities of different light sources and how they impact your photographs.
Assignment #3: Set your camera for ISO and white balance after making an assessment of the light outside. Set your camera for aperture priority and set the aperture for f/5.6. Now, go out for 30 minutes (no more) and shoot under that quality and only that quality of light.

Lesson 4: Pursuing the Light
Learn from example as the instructor demonstrates how he sees light and how it leads him to make his photographs. See how he personally uses the techniques and approaches discussed in the class to create memorable and impactful images.
Assignment #4: Submit new images that you have made that are unlike the typical kind of image that you would have made before this course. Simply, I want you to share a pair of images the reveal your new awareness of light.

© Ibarionex Perello 

© Ibarionex Perello 



  • A DSLR or compact camera with an instruction manual.
  • A basic working knowledge of camera controls (including aperture and shutter speed) and some digital shooting experience.
  • No special image-editing software is required.



Is this course intended for beginning, intermediate or advanced photographers?
This class intended for upper serious hobbyists, intermediate and advanced photographers who have a basic working knowledge of your camera's controls and some digital shooting experience ... and a desire to pursue great light!  

What type of camera do I need?
You'll need a digital SLR or compact camera with an instruction manual. 

Is Photoshop or another specific digital darkroom program required?
For this course, you won't need any special image-editing software. 

What kind of lens do I need?
No specific lens is mandatory for this class. Any moderate zoom lens will do. Though I do suggest that you consider a 50mm f/1.8 or f/1.4 lens for its low-light capability at an affordable cost.  

Do I need any special lighting equipment, such as a reflector or flash?
No. However, if you do own a reflector, it may help you to control contrast in certain situations. 

Do I need a tripod?

© Ibarionex Perello 

© Ibarionex Perello 

Do I have to be online at any specific time?
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.

Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.

Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.

For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.

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BetterPhoto Member Rajiv Chopra
Rajiv Chopra
member since: 12/25/2006
This is an excellent course. It is easy to get fooled by the early lessons, into believing that this is a very easy course. However, through the lessons and the assignments, Ibarionex really enhances your ability and propensity to "hunt for light". This is something that I had forgotten, and this lesson came back to me. Excellent course

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BetterPhoto Member Robert Mc Donald
Robert Mc Donald
member since: 7/11/2010
Great course, great instructor. Light - we see it all the time but who knew it could be so interesting? Since I took this course, I see photography in a totally new way. I have taken several photography courses in the past but this one was the one that impacted me the most.

- 9/4/2012 9:07:15 AM

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BetterPhoto Member Eileen W. Thompson
Eileen W. Thompson
member since: 9/2/2007
Step outside your current photographer's box into a fascinating experience with light. This class literally enlightens your ability to make photos that are genuinely inviting to the viewer. Loved this class. I know you will too!

- 6/9/2012 10:43:38 AM

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BetterPhoto Member stephen barney
stephen barney
member since: 4/3/2012
Ibarionex is an awesome teacher, to some this class may seem to be a bit basic as I have seen in some comments,but this is so not true, if you feel this is basic you missed the point Ibarionex, gets you to really think about the factors of light that go into making a picture and the real learning is not the science of fstops and shutter speeds but the perception you gain from looking at light and seeing images in a totaly different way.

I am so glad I took this course it made me take a step change in the ethos of my photography and I am looking at the world in a whole new way.

It has my wife chuckling at me when I look at a sceen and say daft things like look ar how amazing the light is, I suppose thats a measure of the success of this class.

Highly recomended but take your artistic head into this as well as your technical one if you want to get the most out of it.

- 5/17/2012 1:22:30 AM

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BetterPhoto Member Steinar Kibsgaard
Steinar Kibsgaard
member since: 5/31/2006
Have just completed Pursuit of Light, and I'm still not sure whether it is correct to call it a skill 3-course or skill 2-course, but I must say that the teacher is so enthusiastic about light, so it "infects" you, and light is - after all - what it is all about, so I would recommend this course very much.

The teacher has also given me another boost - he's not the only teacher here at Better Photo ;);) - to pay more attention to white balance, and thank you for that.

- 1/26/2012 12:23:55 AM

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"Ibarionex is not only a great photographer and artist, he has a wonderful way of painting pictures with his words. His critiques are thoughtful and filled with actionable things to do to improve your images, not just find fault with them. First rate in every way. Thanks, Ibarionex!" -Jack Diamond in Ibarionex's Portrait Photography Using Available Light course 

"This was an outstanding course and it was a pleasure to take part in such a well-structured class." -Alexandria R . Urgo in Ibarionex's DSLR Features: When, Why and How to Use Them 

"This was a great course! Ibarionex provides constructive and excellent feedback. ... I have been pleasantly surprised with my improvement ... I highly recommend Ibarionex for his sensitive and respectful approach!" -Michael J. Keppell in Ibarionex's Posing and Portraiture Techniques class 

"This was a fantastic course. Ibarionex gives great critiques. He's able to combine constructive criticism with lots of support. I can wait for his next class. I'll definitely be signing up for it." -Mary Reagan in Ibarionex's Portrait Photography Using Available Light course 

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