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Studio Lighting Workshop

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I am really excited to have the opportunity to teach Studio Lighting Fundamentals at The Photographer Within.  You may have heard this class referred to by the name “Studio Lighting 101” (or SL101) or “Studio Lighting For Beginners” at other places I have taught.  My next course begins February 10th and registration is open right now.

This was originally designed as a beginners course, but several students in the past had been working with studio lights for awhile.  Those students said that they loved the class because they no longer felt like they were guessing where to set the lights up and what power to put them at.  The felt like they had complete control of their results at the end of the class.  We will start from square one, showing how to attach an umbrella or softbox to a studio light and getting the light to fire.  We will learn how to position the light and reflector, take handheld meter readings, use light ratios to control the look of our images, and add accent lights such as hairlights and background lights.

How does this work?  This is an online studio lighting course.  Registrants will receive access to a private forum at The Photographer Within.  (Please note that you do not have to be a TPW member to take this workshop – all are welcome!)  There will be four lessons, one lesson presented each week for four weeks.  The lessons consist of text, example photos, lighting diagrams, and in some cases videos.  Each week will include a downloadable PDF of information.  There will be a weekly assignment which participants can post to the private forum for feeback.  There are not specific “live events” during the workshop that you have to adjust your schedule around and make yourself available for.  I will share each new lesson on a Monday and then you have that entire week to read it, ask questions, and complete your assignment.  I check in several times a day to answer any questions, critique assignments, and assist participants who are encountering challenges.

Joining me in this class are my teaching assistants Heather Rodburg and Kim Glass.  Don’t feel intimidated by studio lighting.  Join us!  We will hold your hand thru the process.

This is a 5 week workshop with 4 weeks of lesson content.  The workshop begins February 10th and the first week is a “gear getting week.”  This means that the private workshop forum will be open for Q&A so that you can ask any type of gear-related questions you need before the first lesson is posted on February 17th.  If you are missing any essentials cords or connectors, that gear getting week will give you time to order what you need.  If you have any questions prior to the workshop forum opening, please feel free to send me an email at jes@jessicagwozdz.com.

Lucky readers, there is a GIVEAWAY going on right now.  Check out this article by Heather Rodburg for details.  Hope to see you in the workshop!

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