The Art of Finding Light

with April Milani

Course Description

Do you struggle to find beautiful light? Do you wonder how other people seem to know how to capture perfect light every time? Or maybe you already have a great understanding of light and are ready to take your images into a moodier realm.

Regardless of your intention, this workshop with April Milani helps you create art in whatever light you come across, from natural to continuous and at any hour of the day or night. Get ready for DIY tips and craft lessons as we explore light and mood. Participants learn how to bend and bounce light, how to enhance color, and how to employ in-camera strategies for adding blur. By photographing through everyday items, we discover light right at our fingertips.

You learn a new way to light any subject, and we push it even further in post-processing. April demonstrates how she edits her images to take them to their desired emotional state. She also shares simple tips for adding light in post-processing using Adobe Lightroom or—for those who love to use their Android or iPhone camera for processing images—Snapseed.

Light is one of the most powerful tools you can harness for capturing the beauty around you, and after our time together you’ll never be left in the dark again.

Additional Information

Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs
What You Should Know:

Working knowledge of digital workflow on your laptop computer 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.


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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.

Creative Vision
April Milani

April Milani’s love of the photographic image began with a Polaroid camera in the kitchen of her grandmother, who told her, “You only get one shot, so make it count.” April studied black-and-white photography in college but temporarily put aside the practice as a young adult, until motherhood inspired her to pick up a camera again. After completing a course at the New York Institute of Photography, she went on to immerse herself thoroughly in the medium. April is a believer in facing one’s fears, and her strong sense of curiosity continues to propel her forward creatively.

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