On Location
San Francisco Bay Area

Location Lighting: The Basics

with Christie Hemm Klok

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Course Description

Photographers constantly seek ways to enhance their storytelling. Situations often arise where natural light becomes a challenge, whether it’s the intense midday sun or the shadows cast by trees, preventing the capture of envisioned images. Incorporating artificial light into storytelling serves as a creative means to define individual styles while preserving the authenticity of documented scenes. This approach not only offers a creative edge to image-making but also proves beneficial when available light falls short. On-location lighting can be intimidating, and the limited time during assignments makes it difficult to experiment in real time while on assignment.

In this two-day, weekend workshop in San Francisco, photographer Christie Hemm Klok shares her approach to using artificial light on location. She helps participants in addressing fears related to using artificial light on assignments by offering hands-on experience with a portable lighting kit and how to use it in simple portraiture and storytelling. Lighting an event in real-time is fast paced and Christie provides insights into anticipating the story in an attempt to get one step ahead with your light.  

During this workshop participants are given a city-based assignment, heading on location to document the scene. Once the assignment wraps up, the group reflects on the day’s challenges and accomplishments. We critique the images, examining both composition and the utilization of light, aiming to bring you closer to an understanding of how and when to use artificial light in your own work.

Additional Information

Advanced Amateurs, Professionals
What You Should Know:

Proficient in digital workflow and custom functions on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera, and be able to download and select images using software for class. Basic understanding of natural light, but no previous experience with artificial light is required. 

Participants also need to have their own camera, SD cards, and laptop with post-processing software installed (ie. Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop).

Portfolio Required:

Submission of website or Instagram link is required for final admission; please email this information to portfolio@santafeworkshops.com. Please do not submit individual images.

Activity Level:

This workshop is primarily based in the classroom but the group will go on location on Sunday.

Package Price INFO:

$995.00 includes instruction, lighting equipment, classroom fees, and coffee service.  Does not include meals, local transportation, or accommodations (if needed).

2-Day, Lighting, Pop-Ups, Professional Development
Christie Hemm Klok

Christie Hemm Klok is an American photographer born and raised in Southern California and is now based out of San Francisco. Christie headed north after completing her degree in photography at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Her work centers around storytelling aided by the use of artificial light in the field. She has been published internationally and nationally in The New York Times, National Geographic, The Smithsonian Magazine and WIRED.

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