Light, Lighting, Lit

with Tony Corbell

November 4 – 22, 2024

Mondays and Fridays; 9:30 – 11:30 am (Mountain Time)
  • Tuition $595.00

Course Description

Understanding and controlling light quality has been at the core of all of Tony Corbell’s workshops and presentations for more than thirty years. In this new online workshop, join Tony and learn how to see light, control it, and create striking photographs using both natural and artificial light. At the end of three weeks together, you have developed a unique perspective and the knowledge to embrace pushing the limits of your lighting experience, imagination, and talents.  

Tony starts by discussing and illustrating all the many types of lighting and the tools to capture it. These tools include portable flash, studio strobes, sunlight, and ambient light. Lighting applications Tony covers include additive, subtractive, reflective, and transmission. Next, each combination of tool and application is shown and discussed in depth. Tony explains the importance of lighting control in digital capture and shows how a few seconds of extra time spent before the moment of capture can save hours in post-production. Working with flash outdoors is another important component of this high-energy workshop. 

You have time between group sessions to practice and experiment with these new-found lighting skills, and these images are reviewed by Tony during the next class session. Tony’s workshop is ideally suited for intermediate-level photographers who want to learn to see and control light in a wide variety of situations and solutions. 

Additional Information

Advanced Amateurs
What You Should Know:

No prior lighting experience is necessary. Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera. Participants must be able to download and select images using image editing software for class sessions.

Special Notes:

Class will meet 9:30 – 11:30 am (Mountain Time) on Mondays and Fridays starting November 4 and ending November 22 (six online group sessions). Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.

Zoom Video Conferencing software (available for no charge from will be used to facilitate the class sessions. Further details will be emailed to registrants.

Santa Fe Workshops always aims to produce a high-quality experience for our online attendees. That said, variables including regional and local internet provider speeds, traffic on Zoom's servers, and your own computing hardware can contribute to a less than ideal streaming event. While we do our best to minimize the impact of these variables, they are outside the control of Santa Fe Workshops.


View Withdrawal and Transfer Policies for online programs.

For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.

Lighting, Portraiture, Studio & Commercial, Technical
© Mandy Lynn
Tony Corbell

Tony Corbell has had an interesting career. In his more than 40 years in photography, he has photographed some of the world’s most recognized faces including three US presidents, 185 world leaders at the United Nations, fashion models, celebrities, NASA astronauts, and musicians. Coming from his beginnings in a small West Texas town studio, he has photographed and/or taught photographic skills/workshops in more than 20 countries and in all fifty US states. 

Tony is well known for his educational efforts as his published photographic works. He has conducted workshops and seminars to sold-out audiences for more than twenty-five years on the technical aspects of lighting and lighting control. Tony’s books on the topics of light have sold internationally since 2000. He has published four books with three more in the works and has written articles in literally every major photographic publication in the U.S., Japan, the U.K., and China. Tony is most proud of his photographs being featured in coffee-table and instructional books along with those from more than 25 other master photographers.

Today Tony lives and works in Muskogee, Oklahoma alongside his wife, Master Photographer Mandy Lynn. When asked what he is most known for, he usually says “being just about the biggest Beatles fan in the world.”

Instagram: @tonycorbell

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