studio lighting 101



This class teaches you how to effectively use studio lighting. Unlike outdoor shoots where you at the mercy of Mother Nature, in the studio you can have full control of everything. If you want a breeze or wind, turn on a fan. If you want still air, turn the fans off.

There is no rain or snow and temperature is controlled by the thermostat. But the biggest advantage is you can control how strong the light source is and where it is located in relationship to the subject. You can have multiple sources of light, also. (try adding a second sun outdoors – I know you can add strobes) Reflector use will be discussed.

We will cover hard lighting, soft lighting, small light sources, and large light sources.  We will teach you how to operate the White Lightning strobe units to create a variety of portrait styles such as broad lighting, narrow lighting, Rembrandt lighting, and loop lighting. We will cover how to sculpt contours with highlights and shadows. You learn by doing. We will cover the Main Light, the Fill Light, Accent Lighting, the Hair Light, and the Background Light.

 Hand-outs will be provided. This class is approximately 2-hours in length in one session and conducted in an informal, but structured manner. Questions are encouraged during and after the class. You will get to practice with a live person as a model. (NOTE: In order to get the full effect of this class, a subject is needed. The cost of the class can be reduced by bringing a friend, spouse, etc. as a model, otherwise a model will be hired at $25/hr.)


One on One Class: (with student providing a model)


A model can be provided by WorkShoots for an additional cost of $25 per hour.