Introduction to Studio Lighting

Studio lighting can be mysterious and intimidating for new and experienced photographers alike. Each class in our lighting program includes an interactive demo session, access to our exclusive supplemental online content, and an exciting, hands-on lighting lab session, all designed to provide a solid foundation for anyone exploring studio photography.
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Class Format

The demo session is packed with detailed explanations of key technical information and lighting theory. The conversational format encourages students to ask questions. Live demonstrations are presented on a large screen to help ensure students gain a deep understanding of the material.

The hands-on lab session is all about putting theory into practice in a real-world photo shoot with live models. Each student will shoot with their own camera and work directly with lighting equipment to employ techniques and concepts presented in the demo session.

Class Summary

This 2-part Introduction to Studio Lighting is the first class in our comprehensive studio lighting program. It’s designed to lay the foundation for subsequent lighting classes which make use of the fundamental lighting theory presented here.

We’ll open the demo session with a discussion of working outdoors vs in the studio as well as various types of lighting equipment and their advantages in different situations. We’ll then work with a single studio strobe and reflector to demonstrate how to control lighting contrast and softness independently. First, we’ll simulate on-camera flash and then make step-by-step changes in lighting position, power, and attached modifiers while examining the results on a large computer screen. Each student will practice metering the flash and making power adjustments. Special attention is paid to developing a systematic process for making adjustments to light positions and power levels by pre-visualizing and taking careful measurements. This approach makes it possible to produce images in the studio that require ZERO post processing.

This lab focuses on working with a single light and reflector to produce images in a wide variety of styles. We’ll begin with a brief review of key concepts while our models complete makeup and wardrobe preparations. Students will be presented with a number of example images and asked to determine what modifier was used and where the light was positioned. Students will then work together to create similar images with live models while the instructor provides guidance.

What’s Included?

  • Detailed interactive demo class full of technical information and lighting theory
  • Hands-on lab session with live models and group collaboration
  • Access to our exclusive premium online content including course notes, instructional videos, and student forums
  • Working in the studio vs outdoors
  • Constant lights vs strobes
  • Mono lights vs pack/head systems and speedlights
  • White balance in the studio
  • Triggering systems
  • Understanding sync speed
  • Controlling exposure with flash
  • Shoot-through and bounce umbrellas
  • Softboxes and beauty dishes
  • Controlling softness and contrast independently
  • Working with the flash meter
  • Working with the inverse square law
  • Eliminate the guess work during shooting for ZERO post processing later

2-Part Class, 8 Hours TotalSee dates for this class in our registration system.
$159 per person

 

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  • Students are not required to bring any equipment to the demo session

    Lab sessions require the following:
    - DSLR with standard flash hot shoe *
    - Fully charged battery
    - Memory card
    * Sony cameras use a proprietary flash shoe which requires an adapter for use with non-sony equipment.

  • This intermediate level course. No prerequisites are required but a basic knowledge of how to control manual camera settings is necessary.
  • Studio Lighting 2: Classic Portrait Lighting
    Studio Lighting  3: The 3-Light Portrait Studio
    Studio Lighting 4: Advanced Lighting Techniques

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