— Joel Grimes


About This Course

Renowned photographer Joel Grimes' One Light Masterclass is a comprehensive course that provides a deep dive into the art and craft of one-light photography. This course goes far beyond simply teaching the technical aspects of photography and instead emphasizes the creative process, providing students with the tools they need to develop their unique artistic vision.

Joel Grimes is a highly respected photographer who has worked in the industry for over thirty years. He's known for his distinctive style and his ability to create stunning images with just a single light source. In this masterclass, he shares his expertise and knowledge, taking you through the techniques that he has developed and honed throughout his career.

The course begins by breaking down the philosophy behind one-light photography. Grimes emphasizes that with one light, you have the ability to create dramatic, impactful images that tell a story. He challenges the notion that more equipment equals better photos, asserting that understanding and mastering one light can give you a profound control over your imagery.

Next, the course delves into the technical aspects of one-light photography. Here, Grimes discusses the different types of light sources, including natural light and artificial light, and how to effectively use them in your work. He teaches you how to manipulate and control light using different modifiers and techniques, such as feathering and bouncing light.

Grimes also spends a significant portion of the course discussing the essential gear for one-light photography. He introduces you to the various equipment, including light stands, modifiers, diffusers, and reflectors. While the course does discuss specific gear, Grimes emphasizes that it's not the gear itself that makes a great photo, but rather how you use it.

The One Light Masterclass also includes practical demonstrations where Grimes takes you through several real-life photoshoots. These sessions allow you to see the techniques and principles discussed in the course applied in practice. He walks you through his process, from setting up the light to directing the model, allowing you to gain insight into his methodology and approach.

A significant focus of the course is on post-production, where Grimes shares his expert retouching and editing techniques. He demonstrates how he uses editing software like Adobe Photoshop to enhance his images, showing you how to bring out the best in your photos.

Throughout the course, Grimes emphasizes the importance of developing your unique artistic vision. He believes that technique and gear are just tools to serve your creativity. As such, he encourages you to experiment, take risks, and push the boundaries of what is possible with one-light photography.

In addition to providing technical instruction, the course also offers advice on the business side of photography. Grimes shares his insights on how to navigate the industry, build a portfolio, and market your work effectively.

In the One Light Masterclass, Joel Grimes offers a comprehensive guide to mastering one-light photography. Whether you're a seasoned professional looking to refine your skills or an amateur wanting to take your photography to the next level, this course provides the tools, knowledge, and inspiration to help you achieve your creative goals. You'll walk away with a deeper understanding of the art of photography, and the confidence to create compelling, powerful images using just one light

Acquired Knowledge

I believe that once you learn the basics of how light works, you then can replicate any lighting technique on the planet.
Setup a photoshoot and lights professionally without overthinking it.
Take a well-lit photo using only one light in minutes.
Create a stunning body of work without spending a fortune on equipment.


Joel Grimes
Joel graduated from the University of Arizona in 1984 with a BA in Photography and soon established a commercial studio in Denver, Colorado. Joel has been selected as one of Canon's exclusive Lightseeker photographers. For over 35 years, Joel has worked for many of the world's leading advertising agencies and companies. Over the years, his responsibilities have taken him to every state in the United States and fifty countries around the world. In 1990, Joel produced his first illustrated book, Portrait of a Navajo Man, which won several photography and design awards and was held for 18 years at the Smithsonian American History Museum in Washington, D.C. Monthly solo exhibition of 60 prints.


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