Light and Studio Lighting Workshop

  • August 2, 2014 · 2:00 PM

Light is the main element in any photograph. The first thing that we should consider when taking a photograph before subject, location, pose, expression... is light. This is true whether we are photographing people, landscapes, buildings, still life or anything at all. Our ability to see light, whether it be studio strobes or the sun, is the key to understanding lighting. When we can see the nuances of light we can manipulate and shape it to get the light we want. Our mastery of light will determine the quality of the images we can produce.

(1 studio light)

This workshop is aimed toward beginners who want to learn to add that magical element to their images. The most important thing with light is to build our ability to control it, beginning from the the most simple one light set ups and then adding additional light sources. We need to understand the basic principles of light, its different qualities and its behaviour.

(natural light)

We will begin by exploring natural light and controlling it by reflecting, diffusing, blocking it out etc. We will then apply these principles to a studio situation with simple one light set ups with a reflector/ block out. We will also learn how to control our exposure in the camera for the lighting, balancing ambient light and flash light to create the quality of image we are after. Each photographer will be given a trigger to control the studio lights.  A model will be booked to give us an opportunity to practice the various principles.

(1 studio light)

(1 speed light)

By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to create these basic lighting set ups to produce professional looking results anywhere using just an off camera flash and 5in1 reflector.

What to bring:

• DSLR or any camera with a hot-shoe attachment (Canon and Nikon cameras have hot-shoe attachments, some brands of DSLR use their own size, but adapters can be bought very cheaply)

• empty memory card and preferably a spare

• charged battery

Our model for this workshop will be Larissa of Vicious Models:

Contact me if you have and questions or suggestions :-)

michael [masked]

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  • michael: t.

    Hi everyone, please post some images from the workshop on this page. i'd love to see your work. Larissa was concerned about more open social media platforms such as Facebook, but you are welcome to post on here. :-)

    August 6

  • michael: t.

    Thank you everyone. Such a wonderful group of photographers and one of my favourite models! i hope everyone got some great shots too. Looking forward to seeing your work :-)

    August 3

  • July

    Is that ok that i Dont have the hot-shoe attachment?

    July 24, 2014

    • Roger B.

      Yep, sits at the top of the camera body in the centre.

      July 25, 2014

    • michael: t.

      Hi July, Keillan is right. It would be best if you have a hot shoe attachment. It is possible to shoot using the modelling lamps of the studio lights, but this is not ideal.

      July 26, 2014

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