PP150 Introduction to Light

Course Description

In this Photography certification module students will apply the technical concepts of ambient and flash exposure learned in Camera and Workflow to a series of daily lighting exercises. Working outside and in the studio, we will learn to recognize and reproduce hard and soft light using natural (existing) light, incandescant “hot” light, and professional studio strobe equipment. Emphasis will be placed on how light defines the design elements of shape, form, texture and tone, and how contrast control (or lighting ratio) determine the mood and impact of a photograph. Finally, using a single light source and simple light modifiers, each student will create a complex, powerfully lit conceptual studio photograph.

Learning Outcomes/Topics

  • Exposure, reciprocity, metering, interpreting histogram data, exposure modes and white balance
  • Location of primary camera controls
  • Identifying hard and soft natural light qualities
  • Moving subject, camera and background relative to a fixed light source
  • Modifying natural light with reflectors and diffusers
  • Color and contrast control for various natural light conditions
  • Use of reflectors and diffusers to modify and redirect natural light
  • Simple window light portraiture
  • Working safely in the studio
  • Primary rule of lighting: Angle of Incidence = Angle of Reflection
  • The Design Elements — Shape, Form, Texture
  • Contrast control using simple modifiers
  • Using the C stand, grid spot, and diffusion panel (scrim)
  • Lighting with a single continuous (hot) light (Arri 2K, Prophoto modeling light)
  • Simulating sunlight and window light in the studio; working with a fixed light source in the studio
  • Manual flash exposure
  • The Prophoto Studio Strobe pack and head
  • Pocketwizard Radio trigger
  • Lighting with a single studio strobe head