Get a hands-on experience with studio lighting equipment!
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Take your photography to the next level with this intro to studio lighting workshop! 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!
All units will be covered in both Weekend Bootcamps (2 days) and 4 week courses ***(this unit outline that I want to implement is for Photo 101, not studio)
Unit 1: Manual Mode
In Lesson 1: Manual Mode, we delve right into the most important components of manual mode! Aperture, shutter speed, and ISO are explored in-depth, including how they relate to getting those stunning blurry backgrounds, and captivating frozen shots. We introduce the concept of stops and use it to learn how each of these three settings are related to one-another. We give you our simple 5 step plan for achieving great photographs every time!Never used your camera before? Not a problem! We make sure that you know the basics of where to find each camera setting as the lesson progresses.
Key topics: camera basics, exposure, shutter, aperture, ISO, shutter speed, depth of field, freezing and blurring motion, camera shake, grain, stops, lightmeter
Unit 2: Field Trip
Lesson 1 ended with a bang, and now it’s time to put everything into practice. Our instructor led field trip will take students through a series of demonstrations to solidify the content from lesson 1. Take photos of frozen movement, blurred movement, as well as photos depicting shallow and wide depth of field. Instructors give helpful tips on focusing, lighting, portraiture, and more!
Key topics: hands on practice, review, focus
Unit 3: Composition
So you’ve got the technical aspects of manual mode down, but now it’s time to work on the creative side. This composition lesson will present you with 7 compositional guidelines that help to create more movement, interest and intrigue in your photographs all with the goal of thinking outside the box. This class is yet another opportunity to shoot alongside your instructor who will continue to give helpful one-on-one feedback.
Key Topics: composition, hands-on practice, analyzing photographs, class discussions
Unit 4: Other Techniques & Critique
This lesson will give you more information that is key for successful shooting. Understanding white balance, using the right lens, and using your tripod will lend that extra sense of professionalism to your shots. In the second half of this lesson the class will participate in a critique, showing their own images and receiving valuable feedback from peers and the instructor.
Key Topics: white balance, lenses, focal length, filters, lens hoods, cleaning, tripods, critique, Q&A
Lauren has a BFA from York University and a Diploma in Applied Photography from Humber.
Reem has a diploma in Digital Photography from VanArts in Vancouver and a BA from the University of Maryland.
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Toronto (Head Office)
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