Why? Whatever your photographic aspirations, having knowledge of studio lighting techniques will make you a better, more versatile photographer. Instructor Jeff McLain, never more at home than when surrounded by softboxes, barndoors, battery packs, tripods, and cords, will help expand your skill set and bring you one step closer to being a master of light. This week teaches you studio lighting for a range of photographic genres from portraiture to product to food.
What? McLain reviews advertising and editorial projects to train your eye to read shadows and think about the lighting setups used. During lectures, Jeff compares light from the sun, on-camera flash, and studio strobes while explaining their different qualities, such as temperature, size, and direction. You learn the inverse square law and why it matters to your photography. In the studio, you take the reins and begin to experiment with equipment and technique. From light meters to power packs to modifiers, you get a hands-on education with all the tools found in a photographer’s studio. Working in small groups, you alternate between photographer, assistant, and sometimes subject, while becoming familiar with Rembrandt, loop, butterfly, and hatchet lighting. You experiment with lighting ratios as you practice arranging lighting for basic portraits and still-life shoots. McLain critiques your images and offers advice for improvement.
Who? You should be comfortable with the manual exposure operation of your camera. Previous experience with studio lighting is not necessary.