Course Begins: May 6, 2013
Sold Out, next run fall TBD
Are you confused about strobes, softboxes, sync cords, and triggers? This introductory studio lighting class will start from the ground up as participants learn how to position their lights and take a handheld meter reading. We will learn about how to use light ratios and various lighting styles to create portraits to flatter our subject. Accent lights such as background lights and hairlights will also be taught during this online workshop. Detailed lighting diagrams and sample photos will be shared to help participants create stunning images, including Jes’s recipe for perfect high key every time. Whether you are just getting started with studio lighting or if you have been working with lights for awhile but still don’t feel totally confident and in control of your results, this is the class for you!
$300/person for full participation
$150/person for study along
Study-along members will have access to all materials and will be able to read the forum, see others’ assignments, but will not be able to post questions, conversation, or request critique on their assignments. Full Participation students will be able to do all of the above.
30 active participants
Study along seats available.
For more information about our policies and workshop FAQ please click here.
what we cover:
- Basic studio lighting terminology
- Overview of basic studio lighting gear
- How to use a handheld light meter
- Setting up and positioning your studio lights
- Various lighting styles
- Using light ratios to set the tone of your images
- Multilight setups: Using hairlights and background lights to enhance your images
what you get:
one week for gear Q&A prior to the first lesson
four weekly lessons
four weekly assignments
detailed lighting diagrams and example images
PDF copy of all posted lessons and exercises
detailed, personalized critique and guidance every week
what you need:
- DSLR and portrait lens
- Two studio strobes (with modeling light, variable output, constant power supply)
- A large modifier for your main light: softbox, octobox, or brolly box
- A smaller modifier for your accent light: grid or stripbox
- Two light stands
- Method to trigger strobe (either sync cord or wireless trigger)
- Gray card, zebra card, or another method to set CWB in a strobe situation
- A large reflector, approximately same size as your main light modifier
- A handheld meter that records flash readings. Recommended meters are the Sekonic L-308S or L-358.
For more information about this gear list, please click HERE.
If you have gear-related questions, please feel free to contact the instructor. In addition, this course has been designed with a “gear getting week” upfront. This will allow workshop participants access to the private workshop forum to ask questions of the instructor and teaching assistants for a full week before any lessons are posted.
Jessica Gwozdz is a Certified Professional Photographer and mom of two. She is located in Chicago and specializes in studio portraiture of kids and families.