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 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 every day.
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.
Get acquainted with some of the previous work that was generated in this class:
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera. Participants must be able to download, select, and transfer images to their own jump drive for class each day.
Lighting equipment is provided in the Santa Fe Workshops studio.
On-campus housing available.
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Tuition includes a meal plan of a Sunday evening Welcome Cocktail Reception with
light dinner, breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, and dinner at the Friday
evening Image Presentations.
About the instructor
Nick Rapaz first came to Santa Fe Photographic Workshops as a participant in 2002 and later joined The Workshops staff as studio manager. From there, he moved to New York to serve as the first assistant to Platon. As an established freelance first assistant, lighting tech, and lighting director, Nick's light meter has been in the face of everyone from Muammar Gaddafi to Michelle Obama to Oprah Winfrey. His unique knowledge and perspective comes from close to a decade working with many of the best fashion and portrait photographers in New York, including most recently, the legendary Ruven Afanador. Since leaving Ruven this spring, Nick has been building his own shooting career, working out of his studio in Brooklyn. Nick has been published in Harper’s Bazaar, The Sunday Times, The New Yorker online, and Relapse Magazine, and he regularly works for famed fashion designers Reem Acra and Rodarte.