Studio Light Made Simple
with nicole everson
July 10, 2016
August 21, 2017
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Learn how to use studio lighting to create beautiful natural-looking light in any studio setting. We will start with the basics, breaking everything down so anyone can understand even the most technical side of studio lighting. We will cover equipment, lighting ratios, perfect exposure, creating a mood, shaping with light, and so much more. We will experiment with several lighting patterns and learn how to achieve your vision with your studio lights. We will cover the subtle differences in lighting for several ages, including maternity, newborn, baby, and child.
daily shooting encouraged
4 hours of work per week
this course has prerequisites
Studio lighting has lots of different equipment, and depending on your style of photography and how much you want to invest there is a wide range of possibilities. The minimum you will need for this class is a lower wattage studio strobe with stand, and a large diffuser, but of course the more you have the more you have to play with. Nicole is happy to give you specific suggestions.
Nicole Everson is living her dream in Florida with her husband and three little girls. She runs a successful full time studio photographing what inspires her. Nicole has developed her style, blending both classic and documentary images to capture real moments and genuine emotion in her subjects. Naked baby butts, out of control tickle fights, or the romance and chemistry a bride and groom share; these are the things that inspire Nicole. She is driven to capture her clients in a way that preserves what is special to them for generations to come. Nicole is a self-proclaimed dork, and loves to have fun whether she is out shooting, teaching a workshop or hanging out with her family you can bet Nicole will be laughing. Nicole has struggled with several learning disabilities since she was a child and because of this she has a unique way of breaking everything down in such a way that everyone can understand. Her portfolio is available here.
The following photographers also participate in discussions and provide assignment critiques as teaching assistants:
A number of course alumni are invited to engage in discussion, share insight with students, and provide feedback and encouragement throughout the course.
• 5 PDFs with 118 pages total
• 704 minutes of video that includes behind the seems of Nicole working, screen captures, and Nicole walking through studio lighting step by step
Study Along students will have access to all materials and will be able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum and receive access to their own private subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments.
Welcome & Preassignment
Learning the formal lighting techniques and how they can be modified to fit your style. Compare different light modifiers to achieve your desired effect. Digging into how light travels. Learning how your camera settings affect your image. Understanding how to get perfect exposure. Focusing on how to photograph maternity (any adult). Hair light.
Assignment: Experiment using highlights and shadows to highlight the focus of the image while hiding your subjects trouble areas. Creating movement and depth. Understanding the histogram.
Reading: How to achieve soft light. Different angles of light. DOF. Single light setup. How to properly light newborns.
Assignment: Soft light / Harsh light. Focusing on how to photograph newborn.
Reading: Creating mood with lighting. Picking the best lens. When to use a reflector. One light and a reflector setup. Focusing on how to photograph babies.
Assignment: Create different moods in your image with lighting and set choices.
Reading: Finding your style. Editing studio photography. Learn how to discover new lighting. Using multi light setups.
Assignment: Experimenting to find your style. Focus will be photographing adults or children.
The CMU workshop is a 100% online classroom experience. Once you sign up, you have access to a course forum that is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.
Each week students receive a set of course materials– these materials generally include a PDF and/or videos. Throughout the week, the instructors is present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement. Students receive an assignment each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and class discussion throughout the week.
Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the forum and receive instructor critiques each week. They also have lifetime access to a Workshop Alumni forum for continued peer discussion after the course concludes.
Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum. They also receive access to their own private Study Along subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.
Whether you are a Full Participation student or a Study Along student, the course materials are yours to keep.