Want to get to grips with studio lighting but not sure where to start? Mastering Studio Lighting, the Essentials will quickly get you up and running with the basics of studio lighting. The format of the course is a step-by-step, hands-on workshop with classroom sessions in the morning and practical photo shoots in the afternoon. As well as demystifying the technical aspects of studio photography, we also give you tips on building a rapport with your subject.
There’s no smoke and mirrors to our workshops and we avoid the ‘copy what I do’ approach. You want new lighting skills to help you create stunning images. That is exactly what we deliver on this one-day course. And we limit numbers to 8 photographers. That means you will get the time and attention you need to make the most of the day.
We start with studio flash, looking at shutter sync speeds, the best method of triggering flash units, the effects that different modifiers have, how light-to-subject distance affects the light quality and some classic lighting set-ups. We also cover how to choose the right lens and the best angle and height for different shots, not forgetting how to use reflectors and flags to both add and remove light.
The majority of what we study during the day only requires one light, meaning that you can go away and practise with very limited equipment. After this one-day workshop, you should have the skills and confidence to achieve a variety of different moods and effects in the studio, whether your subject is a client or an experienced model.
Shoot 1: Learning how size of light source relative to your subject, positioning of your subject relative to your subject and the inverse square law helps shape face and control contrast.
Shoot 2: Learning portrait lighting patterns, butterfly/paramount, broad, short including loop, closed loop and Rembrandt.
Shoot 3: Shooting a full length white outfit against a white background and creating separation.
Shoot 4. Shooting a full length black outfit against a black background and creating separation.
You will need a camera with interchangeable lenses that has standard hot shoe and can shoot in RAW file format. If you have an early Sony or Minolta DSLR please advise us in advance in order for us to provide a hot shoe adaptor.
We suggest bringing lenses that cover the following focal lengths, don't worry if you don't have these as you can complete the course with a standard kit lens.
Full Frame Sensors. 24mm - 200mm
APSC 1.5 Crop 18mm - 150mm
MFT 2x Crop 14mm - 100mm
This is a studio introduction course.
You should be familiar with your camera controls and be able to shoot in manual exposure mode. Manual focussing is not required. Previous experience of working with studio flash is not essential.
Example images from this course.
Had a fabulous Master Studio Lighting Course with Andrew yesterday 5/4/18. Andrew is a very good teacher, he explains things very clearly and takes time to reinforce his explanations if you are not sure about a topic. I will most certainly be booking more courses with Andrew, i was amazed at the results i got from the day and look forward to putting all i have learned into practice at home.
Many thanks for a brilliant day Andrew.
Lindsay Harper (Cou Rouge Photography)
Andrew ran a fantastic workshop on studio lighting at Saracen House studio. With the theory in the morning to practical exercises in the afternoon, I came away feeling much more confident of being in a studio environment. I'll be booking some more in the future.
Matthew D Crosby