From Old Master paintings to our favorite movies, light is a powerful language that informs our world. Whether you're drawn toward portraiture, still life, or interiors, it's light that creates the magic.
In this special two-week program, you work closely with Rosanne Olson to learn how to use natural and artificial light to make photographs with emotional impact. Daily lectures, discussions, demonstrations, group critiques, one-on-one reviews, and studio and location assignments provide the structure for each participant to excel.
We begin with a primer on natural light, both indoors and outdoors, using reflected backlight, scrims, and fill to help you mold the light to your vision. Santa Fe is graced with the most stunning natural light imaginable, and you discover how to wrap this beautiful light around your subjects.
Once you are comfortable working with daylight, we move on to artificial lighting, practicing clear, step-by-step methods to master the various sources of light, from a single light bulb to multiple studio strobes. We examine the effects of light positions, color of light and quality of light and learn the art of lighting a backdrop and how to mix strobe/flash with ambient light.
Participants are given the chance to delve into studio protocol—from light meters and grip equipment to light-shaping tools and modifiers—while taking advantage of Adobe Lightroom's powerful post-processing techniques and image-organizing capacities. Throughout, we discover how effective lighting can reveal the best qualities in your subjects.
You come away from your two weeks with Rosanne with a solid foundation in the technical and the creative aspects of lighting, a clear appreciation of your potential as an image maker, and the sensitivity and inspiration to use light to create visual poetry.