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Field Guide IV: The Studio (2 days)

  • 33 Washington St Brooklyn, NY, 11201 United States (map)



Who should take this class

This two-part Field Guide is perfect for photographers who need an introduction to lighting indoors for product shots, portraits or high-end fashion. 


What you will learn

You'll learn the basic principles of lighting using daylight-balanced strobes, hotlights (tungsten), softboxes, and how they all work together.  Emphasis is on both technical concepts and creative control, helping you become more comfortable and confident with external lights.

Session 1 will focus on a "guerilla" style of lighting, using inexpensive and readily-available tungsten lamps and reflectors to shoot still lifes and tabletop images.  An excellent primer for designers and photographers who want to learn how to shoot static objects without blowing a huge budget on sophisticated equipment, this session covers the basics of key and fill lighting, as well as controlling reflections from shiny objects and using white balance to control color.

Session 2 provides students with an opportunity to learn and shoot with professional strobe lights in a portrait environment.  Instruction will cover classic lighting techniques, as well as some creative possibilities with which to explore studio lighting, as well as time for experimentation.  


What to bring

Your DSLR camera.  Not all models of camera can properly sync with strobe lights, so a class camera will be provided for the second session.



An introductory photo course.  Field Guide I and Field Guide II or Digital Photo I is recommended.  


Meets 2 consecutive weeks

Earlier Event: July 16
Crash Course: DSLR