Light & Shadow: Studio Lighting Workshop

Learn techniques in studio lighting, to create high key and low key portraits.

Level: Intermediate (You’ll need to be comfortable shooting in Manual Exposure on your camera)
Date: 30 January 2022 (Sunday)
Duration: 12.45pm – 3.15pm
Cost: $190
Instructor: Seng Mah
Maximum participants: 6
Location: Digidirect Cannington Studio (12 Cecil Ave, Cannington)

Lighting and shooting in a studio gives you immense creative control over how you light to evoke mood and emotion in your portraits.

Whether you’re shooting portraits, fashion, fine art or for fun, knowing how to leverage the right kind of lighting for the look you want gives you immense creative control over your images.

In this mini-workshop, you’ll learn about the lighting techniques, along with the equipment required to create two different looks: a bright, high-key look for glamour, fashion or beauty, and a shadowy low-key look for drama, mood and mystery.

This is a hands-on workshop where you’ll find out about how to set up lighting for each kind of look, and how to work with models/sitters in order to get the look you’re after. It’s the perfect shoot-and-learn experience for photographers who are keen to shoot more studio portraits!

The workshop kicks off with a demo, where your instructor, Seng Mah, will show you the set up required to create each look. You’ll then participate in a shoot with our models, followed by a “creative session” where you will work in small groups of three to create and shoot a high-key* and low-key look.

You’ll be led by professional photographer and portrait lighting teacher, Seng Mah, through the session and come away with great captures! It’s going to be a workshop that’s full of fun!

In order to maximise your learning and hands-on-shooting time, this workshop is limited to 6 photographers who will be working in teams of 3.

* Note that the “high key” look as defined in this workshop is about creating a glamorous, beauty-oriented look that will suit fashion and glamour photography. It’s not about just “turning the background white”.

  • Your interchangeable lens camera (DSLR or mirrorless) with memory card/s and batteries (always bring a fully charged spare).
  • For best results, we recommend shooting with wide-aperture prime lenses that are in the 50mm – 135mm range. Wide aperture lenses include lenses that can open up to f/1.2 to f/1.8. You can also use 70-200mm f/2.8 lens for this workshop as it produces similar results. Lenses that only go down to f/4 are unsuitable (as they do not have the capacity to create the soft bokeh, dreamy look).
  • If you use mirrorless cameras, please ensure that you have your camera’s “Live Exposure” turned off prior to attending this workshop. Please refer to your manual for instructions on how to do this.

Covid-19 Policy: We follow government health mandates when it comes to implementing Covid-19 safe practices at this event. If government mandates require the wearing of masks while indoors, you will need to wear a mask for the duration of this workshop. The models can remain without masks while they are being photographed. To ensure the health and safety of all customers and models, we will also only accept bookings from photographers who have had their full vaccination (digital vaccination certificate will be viewed on attendance). If this event cannot run due to government imposed restrictions, it may be re-scheduled or a full refund made via Eventbrite. For all other refund requests, please see below.


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