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Introduction to Studio Lighting

  • Apr 2, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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This workshops will cover basic studio lighting techniques and terminology so you will have a basic understanding of how to use studio lighting.  The evening will be broken into two areas; theory and a practical session.

We will cover:

The basic properties of light:

  • Colour, hard and soft lighting
  • High and low key lighting
  • Use of different types of light modifiers (soft-boxes, snoots, reflectors, barn doors.)

We will look at the camera in relation to studio lighting, specifically:

  • Shutter Sync Speed
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • White Balance

For the practice session we will look at a basic one light set up, then a more advanced two light set up and we'll work on high and low-key lighting with our model.

The workshops are approximately 3 hours in duration and will include theory as well as practical shooting.

Our Kit:

We will be using 2 Bowen Monolights as well as light modifiers to experiment with. We have all of the equipment you will need so don't worry about flash triggers, just bring your camera.

What you will need:

An SLR or similar camera with standard hot-shoe. We can only provide a Sony adapter) if you have another type you'll need to provide your own adapter.

A suitable lens

We're shooting in a relatively small space, so while any standard lens will work; a 35mm, 17-55 or a 24-70mm lens will probably be best.

A clean memory card

The model will be expecting to take away a copy of your images at the end of the session. You will need to shoot Jpeg or Raw with Jpeg.  Please come with clean memory cards so we can download the images quickly.

It will be helpful if you have a basic understanding of how your camera works. You need to be able to:

  • Change the ISO
  • Change the white balance
  • Change the shutter speed
  • Change the aperture

Have a look in your manual if you're unsure, and bring it with you if necessary.

There has been a problem with the elevator, so take the stairs right next to the elevator just past the Pan Man.  Ask staff if necessary.

Check the refund policy and if you need to cancel your place, change your rsvp on the website so it can be filled by another member.

There is no waiting list for the event.


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  • Eva H.

    Fun and interesting. Useful.

    April 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Maybe a silly question, but I'm bringing a Nikon D90 so has a standard flash hotshoe. Is there something else I need as you mention only having a Sony adapter? I've never connected to a flash system so not sure if there's something else I need. The D90 does have a built in commander which wirelessly triggers my Nikon flash if that helps. Thanks.

    April 1, 2013

    • Malcolm

      The D90 is fine Dan as it has a standard hot shoe, as do all Nikon and Canon dSLRs. The only time we need an adapter is when the camera uses a proprietary, non-standard, hot shoe, such as Sony.

      April 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks. That what I originally thought then had a last minute panic.

      April 2, 2013

  • Tony G.

    In the unlikely event that anyone can't make this at the last moment I'd be interested in coming. I'll keep an eye open for the next hour or so. Have a great session everyone!

    April 2, 2013

  • PeterH

    Very sorry, not able to attend now. Could my place go to another?

    March 20, 2013

    • Alex L.

      Peter send me either your name or email address used for PayPal and I'll refund your place.

      April 2, 2013

  • Fotis P

    No waiting list!! :( Looking fwd to the next one then

    March 18, 2013

  • Eva H.

    Looking forward to my first meetup event!

    March 15, 2013

  • Shariq

    Been there done that! :)

    March 14, 2013

  • John C.

    Hi Alex. Really sorry I cannot make this date but hope you can run it again soon. Really enjoyed the first one. Regards. John

    March 14, 2013

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