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 Lighting & Portraiture

Introduction to Location Lighting with Jock McDonald




Mastering the skill of lighting on location takes planning in addition to technical savvy. Photographers must be capable of scouting an appropriate location, assessing how time of day will affect the outcome, and determining what quality of light will best facilitate the mood of the picture. Will it be a blend of ambient and artificial light, or does the strobe dominate? Do we use direct or indirect light, hard or diffuse light? How do we adapt to organic changes in the physical environment? This workshop is designed to help answer these questions.

The class begins with a little tech talk on basic physics of light, practical understanding that directly applies to photography and be will put to use throughout the workshop. We will move on to discussing and working with subtleties of natural light and then the integration of artificial light. Students will discover how equipment choice can affect the mood of an image by experimenting with various light sources and modifiers such as bounces, diffusion material, umbrellas, soft boxes and grids. Basic as well as more complex lighting setups will be demonstrated and discussed. Emphasis will be placed upon utilizing the surrounding environment to the photographer’s advantage. The goal is to provide each student with basic knowledge for seeing and working with light on location and the confidence to use natural and artificial light in various conditions.  

The workshop will include hands-on shooting sessions with models, and at least one location shoot off-site. Past locations have inlcuded Venice Beach, the Cadillac Hotel, Griffith Park, the Jesus Wall and the Hollywood Vaults. Students should have a digital or flim SLR camera capable of manual exposure settings and a hot shoe or sync connection.

 Three-session workshop

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, September 12-13, 10 am - 6 pm + Tuesday, September 15, 7-9 pm

Enrollment limit: 15 students

Skill/Experience level: Students should have a working knowledge of their camera and the ability to shoot in manual mode. A basic understanding of photography fundamentals is required.

Tuition: $445 + $125 model, equipment and location permit fee (SALE PRICE = $481)

Location: Los Angeles Center of Photography, 1515 Wilcox Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028


code: LP-LL-0915 / $481.00
3 Session(s)
Sat, Sun, Tues  Sat and Sun, 10 am - 5 pm; Tues, 7-9 pm,  September 12 - September 15

Instructor(s): Jock McDonald
Location: Los Angeles Center of Photography 

Additional Information:
This course will meet on Saturday and Sunday, September 12-13, 10 am - 6 pm + Tuesday, September 15, 7-9 pm



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