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Studio Lighting & Portraiture

DURATION: 5 Hours Of Instruction
FORMAT: 1-Day Weekend Workshop
PREREQUISITES: Photo 101 or equivalent


Introduction To Studio Lighting

Take your photography to the next level with this intro to studio lighting! Learn how to work with strobes and lighting accessories to give dramatic impact to your portraits. Through demonstrations, a knowledgable instructor will teach you equipment safety, artificial lighting fundamentals as well as various lighting set ups. You’ll also have hands on practice time to work on your own shots with a professional model!

“I really feel like I have gained a lot of skill and confidence with a camera that I will carry with my for the rest of my life. I definitely missed having the classes once they were done because they were just SO much fun and the instructors really know what they’re doing. I would recommend to anyone!!!”
– Tess Vardy


All of our classes incorporate a hands-on approach to learning. To really make it ‘click’, we get our students shooting outdoors and putting the principles they learned into practice.

5 Star Reviews

Not only do we consistently get 5 star reviews, we’re also listed as one of Toronto’s Top 10 Photography Schools by BlogTO.

Quality Instructors

Our instructors are professional photographers AND excellent teachers! They know how to simplify technical concepts and teach through exploration, and creativity.

Small Class Sizes

We have small class sizes to ensure the attention every student needs. Many of our classes have 1:10 instructor to student ratio; that’s only 10 students per instructor!

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Course Outline

Course Summary
  • Introduction to various types of studio lighting
  • Equipment safety/usage when working with strobe lighting and accessories
  • Proper camera settings and light metering for the studio
  • Various lighting set ups to achieve different lighting patterns like loop or butterfly
  • Practical shooting time with professional model and instructor feedback
Intro to Strobe

Get a great introduction to studio strobes by covering your options for lighting kits, equipment safety and various types of set ups. This workshop will also cover lighting accessories such as soft boxes, stands and backdrops.

Camera Settings for Studio

Strobe lighting is very different than natural daylight and how your settings relate to your exposure will change completely. We’ll give you guidance on how to set your aperture, shutter speed and ISO while explaining how to use a hand held light meter.

Photo Shoot with a Model

You’ll get to practice everything you’ve learned in this workshop with a photo shoot with a professional model. With guidance from the instructor, this is a great opportunity to start your portraiture portfolio while experimenting with your new techniques.

How early do I need to register?

Registration is open right up until the day the session begins. Please note however, that some of our classes sell out well in advance. In order to guarantee enrolment, we recommend registering as soon as you know your schedule.

What are your class and cancellation policies?


  • Prepayment is required to confirm your registration and spot in the class / camp / workshop.
  • All sessions begin promptly at the stated time. Any missed material is forgone by the student.
  • Register early: If you wait until the last minute, the class might be filled or cancelled due to insufficient enrolment.

Cancellation by Student:

  • CLASS/WORKSHOP: Cancellations are non-refundable whether the student cancels or fails to show up for class; however, if we are notified within 7 days prior to the scheduled session, we will reschedule you to another session but a $50 administration fee will apply*.
  • PRIVATE LESSONS: Cancellations are non-refundable whether the student cancels or fails to show up for the lesson; however, if we are notified 48 hours prior to the scheduled session, we will reschedule your session, but a  $50 administration fee will apply.

Class Cancellation:

  • GTA Photography Classes reserves the right to cancel or postpone any class if there is inadequate enrolment. In the event that a class must be cancelled, you will be notified by email in advance (please be sure to register using the email address where you can best be reached). You may then either reschedule for another session or receive reimbursement of class fees.

*Exclusions: Travel Photography purchased as a Photo 101 add on is non-refundable and non-transferable prior to or post your scheduled session.

Do you offer certificates?

We offer a certificate of completion to students upon request. Please contact us through email or by phone to speak with an instructor to receive your certificate if you require one. Certificates will be delivered through email. There will be a $25 admin fee if you would like a physical certificate mailed to you.

What equipment should I bring to class?

• DSLR Camera or point & shoot camera that can shoot in manual mode
• Memory Card
• Fully Charged Battery Pack
• Class notes (you’ll be able to download these in your confirmation email)

What type of payment do you accept?

Most of our registration is done ONLINE using MC and VISA. We do however, except CASH / CHEQUES in person at the studio. (Note: We do not accept Debit) Please phone ahead to make an appointment to register if paying by cash, as we may be in session or out on assignment.

Cheques can also be mailed to our studio. Please make them payable to GTA Photography Classes.

Mailing Address:

25 Toronto St.
Suite #200
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5C 2R1

Do I need prior training or experience?

For the introductory courses (Photo 101) and photo tours, no prior training is required. More advanced courses such as Photo 201 and our workshops, do require prior experience as they build on basic techniques taught in Photo 101. If you have some prior knowledge or experience and not sure if you need some of the prerequisites, give us a call and talk to an instructor today!

Do I get more instruction in the in-class Weekend Boot Camp or the 4 week program?

All of our programs include the exact same lecture / workshop material.  You will not get any more or less in any of the sessions. We design our courses and workshops so that we equip all our students with the knowledge they need! You just select the class type that works best for your schedule.  Leave everything else with us!

Where are you located? Is there parking?

For all of our classes in Toronto, they are located at 25 Toronto Street, Suite #200. Parking is available on Toronto St and at several other paid-parking lots around the area.

For all information about our location, contact and map with parking options, please visit our Contact Page for more details.

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