Photography 203 C

Studio Lighting Techniques

  • 3 Units -
  • 2 hour lecture,
  • 4 hour lab

COURSE CONTENT AND SCOPE (instructional topics or units)

  1. The Nature, Impact and Use of Light in Photography
    1. The quality of light
      1. Existing light
      2. Artificial light
    2. Utilizing light photographically
      1. Light for black & white and color digital photography
      2. Exposure options
      3. Contrast ratios
  2. Lighting Equipment for Location and Studio Shooting
    1. Types of lighting equipment
      1. Tungsten and continuous light sources
      2. Portable and studio flash equipment
      3. Lighting accessories: i.e. soft boxes and reflectors
    2. Camera format and lens options
      1. 35mm DSLR
      2. Lens and accessory considerations
    3. Studio equipment and usage
      1. Backdrops, reflectors, gobos
      2. Props and studio accessories
  3. Lighting Techniques for Photo Studio Shooting
    1. Supplemental lighting for studio shooting
      1. Use of reflectors, black flags and gobos
      2. Use of portable and studio flash
      3. Mixed lighting considerations:
    2. Studio lighting techniques
      1. Flash and hot light techniques
      2. Exposure control, lighting ratios
      3. Basic lighting strategies
  4. Lighting Applications
    1. Lighting for photographic definition and composition
      1. Aesthetic considerations; hard versus diffused light
      2. Lighting for three dimensional objects
      3. Shadowless lighting
    2. Specialty lighting techniques and applications
      1. Techniques for lighting three dimensional reflective objects
      2. Small object lighting techniques