Understanding how to see, work with, and manipulate light, both natural and artificial, is one of the most important elements in gaining total creative control over your image making process. Grasping the technical side of lighting can also be one of the most intimidating technical challenges that we face in learning photography.
Join Nick Rapaz for Introduction to Photographic Lighting—a five-day workshop designed to give anyone, regardless of experience, a full working understanding of lighting: natural, strobe, and mixed.
Through daily critiques, group lectures, in-class demonstrations, group exercises, and extensive hands-on photographing, you become comfortable with the common tools available for creating, manipulating, and modifying light. Regardless of what you know coming into this workshop, Nick has you setting up, metering, and working with studio lights by the week’s end. You also gain a new perspective on the potential of the natural light that we experience everyday
We begin with a general review of basic photographic concepts as we gain an understanding of our cameras' capabilities and limitations; we then jump right into metering and modifying natural light.
From natural light we move into working exclusively with the strobes and lighting equipment provided in the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops studio. We closely examine the tools we have for creating and modifying artificial light, and Nick demonstrates their differences through in-studio demos with tethered capture. Finally, we take our knowledge out on location and work together to seamlessly meld natural and artificial light into a single refined image.
Throughout this high-octane workshop, we work with the incredible equipment, locations, talented models, and—of course—the unbelievable light that Santa Fe has to offer. We also discuss gear options, including affordable setups, so that you can continue your studio work after you leave Santa Fe.
Nick’s passion is portraiture, and over the course of the week we also address the challenges of working with subjects, on top of all the technical side of lighting. Sound scary? Give Nick a week and it won’t be!
The goal is that you gain a full working understanding of lighting, whether natural, strobe, or mixed, and leave feeling energized and confident in your ability to take on any lighting situation and make it fit your vision.