studio lighting workshop

Lighting is a crucial element to your photograph whether you’re using natural light or artificial light.  Do you know how to use studio lighting?  Have you been thinking about giving it a try?  We have the perfect workshop all about studio lighting to help you learn!  CMpro Jessica Gwozdz is a master of studio light and she is back this month for another run of her popular class Lighting 101: Studio Lighting for Beginners.  Interested in how others feel about this course after taking it?  Read below to see what some of Jes’ alumni have to say about this great class!

studio lighting 101 alumni testimonials

“Learning how to properly use my studio lights was the best thing I ever did for my photography journey. I am a control freak, and studio lighting gives me the power to be in complete control. Now that I know how to use a light meter correctly with my studio lights, I have total control over every image that I produce. It feels great to not only be in total control of the light, but to understand how the lights and light meter work. Prior to taking Jess’s Studio Lighting Class, I was intimidated by my light meter, now I wonder how I ever lived without it.”

Stacy Loveridge, Stacy Loveridge Photography

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studio lighting workshop photo

studio lighting workshop photo

studio lighting workshop photo

“I love using studio lighting in my photography because often the sun’s schedule and my family’s do not mesh. My boys get home from school, it’s a rush to get homework and dinner done. And by then, the sun has set (or it’s 120 degrees outside). I love being able to manipulate the light depending on my sons’ moods and schedule, rather than forcing them to “pose” when the light is right. And with my knowledge of how the placement of the reflector and lights affect the image, I can quickly set it up, shoot and be back to playing with my boys before bed. The light doesn’t control when I shoot, I control the light!”

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“I have been working with studio lighting for a couple of years, and thought I knew what I was doing for the most part, so I wasn’t sure if I should sign up for the studio lighting class or not.  I am so glad I did!  Even for someone like me who considered themselves pretty knowledgeable about studio lighting, I learned so much from the class!  I’ve always wanted to know how to do a high-key shot, and finally was able to do it!  I had never used more than one light before, and now I am comfortable using both my lights and I already want to buy a third.  I learned about things I had heard of but didn’t really know about, such as lighting ratios, hair lights and other modifiers, and how to use my light meter!  This class has been invaluable.  I am so much more comfortable now using my studio lights along with my meter instead of just winging it.  I know how to achieve certain looks I want, and I can’t wait until the slow season hits so I can mess around with them more!”

Melissa Klein, Melissa Klein Photography

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studio lighting workshop photo

studio lighting workshop photo

studio lighting workshop photo

“I have always loved the look of studio portraiture for as long as I can remember. When my kids were small we used to take them to photo studios and I have just always loved the look of clean, well lit photographs but I wasn’t sure how to achieve that. I started using a very basic studio lighting kit and was fairly happy with the results until I took Jes’s Studio Lighting 101 class. Only then did I realize my limitations in my lighting kit as well as my skill. Taking her class really helped me improve my technique and gain the confidence to shoot with multiple lights, dramatic light set ups and other people. The best thing about knowing Studio Lighting is the ability to shoot during the cold months without freezing my fingers off. I highly recommend Studio Lighting 101 if you are even remotely interested in learning studio lighting techniques. I guarantee you will come out of the class with tons of knowledge and confidence.”

Jessica Nelson, The Gaggle Photography

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studio lighting workshop photo

studio lighting workshop photo

“Before Jes’ class, I was intimidated by anything other than natural light.  Jes’ class really pushed me out of my comfort zone and as a result, I now thoroughly enjoy working in the studio.  Being able to control my lighting environment regardless of the weather or time of day has really allowed me to get creative.  Jes’ class has given me the confidence and knowledge I need to feel comfortable walking into any situation, knowing I can manipulate my studio lights to give me the look I’m trying to create.”

Rachel Price, Rachel Price Photography

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studio lighting workshop photo

“Studio Lighting 101 is, by far, the best workshop that I have ever taken! As a photographer, living in the Midwest during the long winter months, studio lighting has now given me a new way to reach more clients. The investment of the strobes, soft boxes and reflectors are well worth it. Before Studio Lighting 101- light meters, light ratios, short vs. broad light were things that I avoided – after Jes’ workshop, I know what they are and I use them frequently! The information in the PDF’s and Jes’ teachings are priceless. Jes answered all my questions and critiqued each of my images and in return I have been able to use what I learned to grow my business.”

Missy Eversole, Missy Eversole Photography

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studio lighting workshop photo

“I now have the confidence to consistently love the results of my lighting set-ups.  I no longer refer to them as my lighting “attempts”.  I can easily set up within five minutes because I know the placement and the settings to use; no more guessing.  I love the options that I can get from one background just by varying my lighting setup; it really stretches my backdrop budget by the versatility!  The clarity with studio lighting amazes me.  The results are just beautiful and pp time is almost nil.  The lighting can highlight beautiful skin and also help with problem areas.  My post processing for studio lighting used to be extensive, but that has changed now that I can get beautiful results sooc.  I was recently asked about taking a picture for a dear family friend of her and her daughter.  It was a five minute set-up with separation on a black background, no guessing, no chimping and I am happy with the results!”

Christy Luper, Heartland Digitals Photography

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studio lighting workshop photo

studio lighting workshop photo

studio lighting workshop photo

“I had taken studio lighting classes before, but I was still feeling overwhelmed with the fact that my lights were controlling me. After taking Jes’ studio light workshop I learned how to master my lights with my light meter. I finally felt the control and power to take risks with my lighting, control high contrast photos, experiment with rim lights and honestly create the images I’d always dreamed of.”

Jocelyn Gerspacher, Jocelyn Gerspacher Photography

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studio lighting workshop photo

studio lighting workshop photo

studio lighting workshop photo

“I think that even if you are a natural light photographer, learning studio lighting can only be counted as a plus.   What I love about studio lighting vs natural light, is it is consistent.  You don’t have to worry about your light (the sun) moving in and out of clouds, etc.   With studio lighting YOU move the light, YOU make it more dramatic or light & airy, depending on how you want your end result to look.   Not to mention some of the awesome backdrops you can buy (swoon!) and with those (backdrops) you can bring the outdoors in!  What you learn about how to light your subject, about metering, shadows and highlights can also be used outside….now your light can go everywhere with you for some totally awesome portraits!”

Reena Giola, Reena Giola Photography

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studio lighting workshop photo

studio lighting workshop photo

Thank you to the alumni who shared their thoughts and experiences from this workshop here with us today!  Would you like to learn more?  You can find out more about Jes’ studio light workshop here.  Registration is currently open for the January 28 run of the course so grab your seat now!

 

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11 Responses to “studio lighting workshop”

  1. Cynthiak
    Jan 08 2013 at 12:08 pm #

    Wow! What fantastic results – from everyone!! I love all the shots that are posted here, but my favorites include Stacy’s shot of Baby T (well-lit and love the catch lights), Kim’s first image of her son peeking out of the blanket (great catch lights!), Melissa’s head shot (love the separation light on his shoulder), the last shot of Jessica’s daughter (those eyes!), Rachel’s maternity shot (love the soft shadows!), Missy’s top shot (again, the catch lights!!), Christy’s shot of the boy with the baseball bat (great catch lights and love the dramatic shadow on background), Jocelyn’s b&w maternity shot (fantastic use of light and shadow), Reena’s outdoor shot (fantastic color and light on the subject, love the light illuminating her cape and bottom of her dress). It was difficult to pick faves, all the shots are wonderful!!! And, yes, Jes definitely rocks!!

  2. Jan 08 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    I love seeing these and the comments from the workshop attendees. Nice job ladies!

  3. Jan 08 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    Dang these images are fantastic! Well done everyone! The lighting is beautiful so the subjects are lit well (good lighting ratios!) and have big catch lights. It is encouraging to hear how everyone learned so much and feels comfortable using their lights to create the images they want. So jump in and take Jes’s class. She is awesome and will walk you through all the steps to rock your lights and your images!

  4. KatrinaB
    Jan 08 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    These look amazing! I’ll be starting this workshop later this month and can’t wait!

  5. Jan 08 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    I love, love, love seeing all these amazing images–wow, they are all simply gorgeous!! It truly is amazing the progress everyone has made since first taking the class. Jes is incredible the way she teaches the class and makes sure that everyone has a handle on using their equipment. Thank you all for sharing your beautiful work!

  6. Jan 08 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    Such gorgeous images shared here! I am really excited to see the studio work you all continue to do beyond the workshop. Yay!!!

  7. Jan 08 2013 at 10:39 pm #

    These are all so beautiful! Awesome work ladies! <3

  8. Jan 09 2013 at 11:11 am #

    Well done gals! There are some really incredible images in this share. I love the use of the hair lights, back lights and rim lighting. Clearly Jes is a master instructor.

  9. Jan 11 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    Stunning images, really beautiful! We are looking forward for more results from the upcoming workshops.

  10. Lisa Harrison
    Jan 14 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    Amazing photos, ladies.

  11. Jan 20 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    These are so beautiful! Awesome work and great use of light! :)

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