Light and Studio Lighting Workshop

  • November 1, 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, we need to understand the basic principles of light, its different qualities and its behaviour. Most important, we need to learn to see light and to recognise the effects of the different changes we make to our light setup.

(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 studio 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.

Our model for this workshop will be Sam:


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

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

michael [masked]

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  • michael: t.

    Thanks for a wonderful workshop. i hope that you got some amazing images!

    November 3

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