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Introduction to Studio Photography

  • Oct 8, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Introduction to Studio Photography

In this three week class (2 hours per week) you will learn all of the basics of studio photography.


Class 1:

  • studio tour / How to make you own home studio
  • working with a client or model
  • connecting your camera to strobes
  • light modifiers
  • key light
  • fill light
  • rim light
  • background light
  • using a light meter
  • custom white balance
  • basic portrait setup

If there is time left after all this, participants may shoot portraits of each other so you can try out what you've learned.

A DSLR is recommended.


Class 2:

This will be a class and photo shoot will be on different types of lighting for portraiture. The first hour will include instruction and demonstrations and the second hour will be a photo shoot using each other as models.

Topics will include:

  • Rembrandt Lighting
  • Loop Lighting
  • Butterfly Lighting
  • Short Lighting
  • Broad Lighting
  • Split Portrait Lighting
  • Rim Lighting


Class 3:

In this lighting workshop we will spend some time discussing the basics about the quality of light. Then there will be time to shoot portraits of our model (to be determined).


  • Using an Umbrella (Creating overcast cloudy days or specular cloudy days)
    Umbrella's Vs Soft boxes?
    On which side should you put your main light?
  • Quality of Light vs Quantity of light? Why size and distance are all that matter.
    How far away should you put your main light?
    What size soft box should I use?
  • The relationship between your main light and the reflector. Make a potato chip!
    The relationship between your main light and your hair light?


This class needs at least 2 students to run.

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  • Theresa L.

    Hi Gary, As you know I have limited camera equipment. Do we have to have these accessories to attend the class and if we don't how useful is the class before we can invest in such equipment?

    September 30, 2013

    • Gary

      Hi Terry

      September 30, 2013

    • Gary

      You don't need any of this equipment to learn how to use it properly. Plus you will get an idea of how well you like studio photography and it will give you ideas on what equipment to buy if you decide to buy some. Plus you could always rent my studio if you have a job that requires studio setups.

      September 30, 2013

  • amy k.

    I will be attending but like to pay cash, it won't let me RSVP unless I put on cc(?).

    September 28, 2013

    • Gary

      Ok, that's fine. See you then.

      September 28, 2013

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