Introduction to Studio Lighting

  • Jun 4, 2013 · 6:00 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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  • John C.

    Excellent evening and found it very helpful, particularly having all the equipment to hand. Now look forward to attending 'off camera flash' and 'portrait' sessions to build on knowledge gained.

    June 8, 2013

  • Greg F.

    Really good session with Alex and Malcolm. The only nag I have is the ambient light coming in from a whole bank of windows, which can be a bit invasive for studio conditions.

    June 5, 2013

    • Alex L.

      Greg, last night would have been the time to mention any nag's you had and we could have worked with it. A bit late now I'm afraid...

      June 5, 2013

    • Malcolm

      Hi Greg, I do understand what you mean about the ambient light from the windows, and you aren't of course the first person to mention it.... BUT, looking at, say, the third image that you posted here - one which was taken fairly early in the session, long before the sun had set - the background is in fact an impressive inky black. The reason for this, as I mentioned during the session, is that the studio lights easily overpower the stray ambient light coming through the windows, even on a midsummers evening. This is an effect sometimes referred to (Glyn Dewis and others) as a virtual darkroom. Point made though, in the future I'll get everyone to take a picture with the monoblocks turned off, to prove the point. Hopefully you both enjoyed and learned from the evening.

      1 · June 6, 2013

  • matthew h.

    An excellent basic introduction to studio lighting equipment and techniques. Both facilitators were knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Group size perfect!

    June 5, 2013

  • Greg F.

    Hi Alex further to your reply I didn't see any way around the fact of the lighting, it was just a comment as I didn't notice any blinds or curtains to make a difference. It didn't detract from a very good evening, and what I said was merely an observation, not an attack as I would happily attend further evenings at the venue.

    June 5, 2013

    • Alex L.

      I didn't receive it as an attack, I just find it strange that people save comments for the review instead of speaking up on the night where we can show you how to change it. That's all.

      June 5, 2013

  • Kim G.

    Great place to learn the basic skill. Will join other lesson in the future and many thanks!

    June 4, 2013

  • Carol E.

    Hi, I'm interested in attending, if someone can't make it.

    June 3, 2013

  • lourdes

    Hi.I have a 400D Cannon and a 50ml portrait lense will be ok if the hotshie is suitable or not

    June 1, 2013

    • Malcolm

      Hi Lourdes, the hotshoe on the 400d is fine, and your 50mm lens will do fine. The only practical advantage here in a zoom lens is that you can zoom from a head-and-shoulders shot to a full length portrait without having to move.

      June 1, 2013

  • Khalid Z.

    Just to confirm before I sign up. I have a Canon 450d and was wondering if its hotshoe is suitable for what is required in this session or do I need an adaptor? Thanks

    May 28, 2013

    • Malcolm

      Hi Khalid, your 450d, and indeed all canon dSLRs, is suitable without an adaptor. Same for Nikon dSLRs.

      1 · May 28, 2013

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