Introduction to studio lighting

Course Dates: 03/03/20 - 31/03/20
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: PS - Photography Studio
Matthew Ward

Light your studio shots like a pro: explore the creative possibilities of studio flash and continuous lighting for high-quality portraiture and still-life photography, with an expert photographer on hand to guide you.


What is the course about?

An introduction to the use of studio flash and tungsten lighting to enhance portraiture and still-life photography. You will work in small groups under the guidance of a professional photographer helping you experiment with a set of studio lights and other light control equipment to create high-quality portraits and still-life images.

What previous students liked most about this course:
“The practical aspect with enough equipment to form groups helped me learn better.”

“Excellent teaching, friendly atmosphere, comprehensive course content.”

“Taught me to think about light more and the impact it can have. Last session on combing natural light with lights / flash was really good and very useful.”

“Doing practical work and making it feel like you can ask as many questions as you want. The tutor was very helpful, giving good feedback on queries – very patient!.”

“Meeting other people with the same interests. Good equipment.”


What will we cover?

- Advantages and disadvantages of lighting
- Exposure
- Backgrounds
- Tungsten lighting
- Flash lighting
- Light shapers, contrast control and reflectors
- Portraits
- Still-life objects.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- use a hand-held light meter
- create a portrait lit by tungsten and flash lighting
- photograph a still-life object lit by tungsten and flash lighting
- control levels of contrast using reflectors and light shapers
- begin to play with the creative possibilities that control of light allows.

What previous students have achieved on this course:
“I’ve learned to work with flash and tungsten lighting, become comfortable using light meters and other equipment. I feel more comfortable suing lighting in my job.” MM

“Got a good overview of different lighting options and learnt enough to use outside of the course.” TW

“Speedlights, softboxes, 913
studio lights / flash with model.” CR


What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is for beginners in lighting but you will be shooting using the manual settings of your camera so you need to understand ISO, aperture, shutter speed, white balance and how to change these on your digital SLR or bridge camera (i.e. not a point-and-shoot camera).

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussion. You should be happy using numbers and able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Demonstrations, individual tuition, practical work and notes.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no additional costs. Please bring your manual camera if you have one; if not Build has digital-SLR cameras and other equipment you may use during the hours of the class.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Build runs over 70 different photography courses, from wedding and wildlife photography to darkroom processing and using software packages. Browse the website or prospectus to get inspired.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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100% do it, it's so worth the money and you learn so much in such a short period of time.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 23/03/2019)
I thought this course was an excellent introduction to the studio lighting. The tutor helped us understand both the technical and creative aspects of using different lighting set ups and provided practical demonstrations on how the set ups worked, and how to build different lighting scenarios to create different effects. The resources were great can easily be used independently outside the class room. Importantly, we also covered the health and safety aspects of using lighting. Excellent tutor.
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Review by Vanita / (Posted on 14/05/2018)
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Course Code: VY916

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Tue, day, 03 Mar - 31 Mar '20

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £229.00
Senior fee: £183.00
Concession: £140.00

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