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Take control of your camera and the light in this interactive 6 hour online workshop

This series will teach you everything you need to take control of your photography and start creating amazing images. Whether you just bought your first camera or you have been shooting for years, understanding how light works and how you can take control of it is vital to breaking through in your photography.

Camera Flashes


  • What is happening inside your camera and how to control your exposure
  • How to control movement and achieve optimal image quality
  • The different kinds of light and how to work with different light sources
  • The key principles of light and how to shape, modify, soften and mix light
  • How to apply this to all forms of photography

Camera Flashes

Join Tina on 12 targeted photography assignments

Throughout the series I send you off on assignments to reinforce the lessons learnt. You aren’t alone though, as we have included videos of Tina doing the assignments too – you can learn together!


How to balance your exposure whilst getting the look you want. Do you want to include the environment or cut the clutter? Do you want to freeze motion, or include some blur?

lokking at camera

Controlling ambient light with your shutter speed

Tina creates some powerful portraits using a single light outdoors and demonstrates how to control your flash and ambient light independently in the one frame.

tina looking up

Lens Selection

There is no point owning a bunch of lenses you don’t use. Here we demonstrate the distortion you may be introducing into your shots and discuss how you can use perspective and distortion creatively.

close up matt

Quality of light

We go through in detail showing the different results you get from different lights sources and light modifiers. We explain the principles at work and how you can create soft and silky shadows, or hard and dramatic shadows.

outside light

Breaking down the light

We show the key sections present in all forms of light, and demonstrate how you can hide your highlight (hotspot) or use it for creative effect.

dark light




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Mixing hard and soft light

Tina creates a series of portraits that demonstrate the different looks you can create by mixing hard and soft lights. We demonstrate with both flashes and simple continuous lights.

old man

Exposure variables

Learn how each exposure variable impacts your shot, and how you can use them creatively to make unique images. Discover which option will work best in different shooting circumstances.

camera settings


Tina & I walk you through loads of gear options available as you delve into lighting. We focus on features and options rather than specific brands and show you that you don’t need to spend a fortune to get professional results.

camera gear

How light works

Over three detailed section we run through all of the key variables of light, including size, shape, direction, colour and duration. A series of targeted assignments reinforce these key concepts which unlock the secrets of light.

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Dynamic flash work

Tina demonstrates how you can use flash during long exposure images to control movement – keeping certain elements sharp and others blurred.

tina red dress

Creative challenges!

We also have a couple of open shooting challenges. Tina completes her final challenges creating 4 portrait looks, indoors and out, using all the techniques learnt throughout the series.

in studio



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Pelle Johansson

I really liked the series! I got inspired and learned a lot of stuff. It was actually more than expected. I thought it was going to be just flash photography, but I am glad that your approach was more towards how to capture light, flash or not. All though I had an understanding of how everything worked together before I watched the lessons, it is always good to go through the basics one more time! No matter who you are or how advanced you’ll always learn something new when going through the basics. Some things you’ll get a grip around the first time, other things needs to settle and be tested. When you’re ready, you’ll see other things in the same video. Worth the money and more.

- Pelle Johansson


I would like to let you know, that you are doing really great job with all the video series. If somebody would ask me, what is my best piece of photo gear, My answer would be Matt Granger's video series. So far I enjoyed all ot them and I am looking forward too see what is coming next. Keep up the great job.

- Peter


Again, Matt Granger has delivered a series which can be utilised both by the beginner and more advanced enthusiast. Well laid out and presented, the series guides users through informative information and challenges them to, as Matt says, get your gear out. A philosphy I recommend any photographer to take to heart.

- Conor


Overall, I think as a video, it is as interactive as it can get, the interaction between Tina and Matt definitely adds more liveliness into the video. It covers everything from the basic exposure triangle to understanding different lights and how to work with those lights, I think this is definitely a well-rounded video that is suitable for photographers at all level. I can't wait to re-watch it in a couple months' time and see what new things I can gain from it.

- Jonathan

Doug,  Philadelphia USA

I have used two or three on-line classes in the past for various photography applications but this series is without a doubt the best I have seen. It is very comprehensive, easily understood and uses very practical examples which you can in turn try yourself as you work your way through the course. And unlike many others, it doesn’t assume that you have an arsenal of equipment at your beck and call. With Matt and Tina’s usual humorous bent, it really is a joy to work through each session. There is a lot of material here for the price. I would highly recommend it.

- Doug, Philadelphia USA

Janos, UK

I really love to watch Matts & Tinas videos. I am following the YouTube channel since the begining and I am impoving with every video they make. With this series it is like work together with them, and now I understand how to control and mix the light!

- Janos, UK


I missed out on the workshop when Matt was in Melbourne in January this year so when TCOTL series popped up I jumped on it. Matt explains things in ways that anyone can understand, this combined with the wealth of information within the assignments my photography is going to be so much better as a result. The content in TCOTL is worth by far more than what the cost, its invaluable and I urge any person wanting to understand the fundamentals of light to buy TCOTL.

- Deanne


Watching Matt's videos has always been enjoyable as they have a great mixture of information and humour that make it fun to watch and learn. Actually being able to watch Tina do the assignments and see the change in the photos as she alters the settings and listens to Matt's instruction really brings home how to do it yourself. You don't just see the final product and an ideal setup. You actually see how someone gets there and the trial and error that actually goes into making a great shot. So much better than being in a classroom!

- Duncan

This video series is for anyone who...

  • Wants to take their photography to the next level
  • Is not comfortable working with flash
  • Seeks to understand how light works
  • Wants to take control of their gear
  • Wants to learn to mix flash and ambient light
  • Has trouble realising their vision in the final image
  • Wants to be able to evaluate the available light and act fast to get results
  • Wants to turn day to night (and vice versa) with a single flash

This interactive workshop includes:

  • Over 6 hours of full HD instruction
  • Course and assignment notes with lighting diagrams and clear instructions to Get Your Gear Out
  • Over 12 targeted assignments, completed by Tina and guided by Matt
  • A bonus video showing how you can create a zone of light in tricky indoor settings which will allow you to ‘get the shot’ even in difficult rooms – perfect for wedding receptions and party situations.
Matt Granger portrait


Matt is a portrait photographer and photography educator based in Sydney, Australia. Matt is a passionate people person, and he specialises in Portraiture.

Matt teaches lighting and portraiture workshops around the world. The Take Control of The Light workshop is his flagship and has been refined over dozens of international workshops.

In 2011 Matt established a YouTube channel to present photography tutorials and gear reviews. This has grown to be one of the largest independent photography channels internationally and has developed into a thriving online community of photography enthusiasts. The channel motto is Get Your Gear Out – which recognises that the best way to learn is to get out there and shoot, no matter your equipment or level of experience.

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I am so confident you will love this series, I am offering 100% money back guarantee if you are not satisfied.


*Total Full HD files size is 5.2gb, 720 HD is 3.6gb. each is split into individual files for easy download.

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