Studio Lighting for Photography

What You'll Learn

This demonstration-based workshop is a beginner's one-stop-shop for learning how to use basic studio lighting for most photography needs. Not only will we be discussing light in photography but we'll cover: several equipment brands and ways to economically get started with your purchases, use of umbrellas and softboxes, 'key' and 'fill' lights, lighting people vs. sets and products and the use of reflectors.

Lighting can be a challenge but we'll help you develop a solid foundation to be able to set up and light like a professional. The Instructor's DSLR will be tethered to a laptop to provide instant illustration of approach and concept.

This Workshop will cover:

  • Introduction to strobe lights
  • Illustrations of hard light versus bounced light
  • Key light and Fill light demonstrations
  • Use of one 'main' light and basic lighting for portraits
  • Introduction of a backlight
  • Lighting your background
  • Basic product lighting
  • Use of a boom light
  • Main and fill light for object lighting
  • How to approach the product in terms of reflection and modeling
  • Tethered camera shooting will be demonstrated

The class will focus on the use of electronic flash and how to approach a studio lighting system you don't usually use or own (i.e.- using a rented light kit or using some else's setup.)

Who Should Take This

Anyone looking to advance their working skills in photography will benefit. Curiosity is the only thing required.

Presented By Stephen Collector

Stephen Collector

Based in Boulder, Colorado, Stephen Collector has over 25 years of freelance experience. Originally specializing in tabletop photography, his attention to detail and lighting techniques were applied to working on location for editorial and corporate assignments. Stephen's magazine clients include Esquire, Outside, Men's Journal, Field & Stream, Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company, and the New York Times. Corporate clients include United Airlines, Ball Corporation, Shell, Hain/Celestial Seasonings, Horizon Dairy, United Technologies, Oracle, and Sears Roebuck & Co., among many others.

BDA Members


BDA Members: $99.00

Non-Members: $119.00

Available Dates

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Customer Comments

Thank you once again for an AMAZING experience and tremendously helpful informational material.Hannah
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Comments For: Studio Lighting for Photography

Stephen is a just a wealth of knowledge and a good guy. I'd highly recommend this class! Also, as a new member of BDA, I'd like to give them a major shout out for organizing and offering such a great experience! Thank you!Richard on 10/28/2015
Thank you once again for an AMAZING experience and tremendously helpful informational material.Hannah on 3/27/2015
Class was of great value. Learned plenty about studio lighting. Please offer this in Denver, would take more classes with Steve.Michelle on 8/22/2014


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